Chester Goad

Dr. Chester Goad is a university administrator who works with college students with disabilities. He is a former K12 principal and teacher, former US Congressional staffer, and established blogger. Chester co-authored Tennessee's “Dyslexia Is Real" bill, and has spoken on dyslexia and issues related to disability from Appalachia to Africa.

Currently Chester sits on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, and the Board of Directors of the Association on Higher Education and Disability.

Chester is author of the Amazon #1 Bestselling book, “Purple People Leader” and promotes leading without bias.

He also uses community service and non-profit service to foster understanding. His "Purple Project" concept brings people of different political backgrounds together for community service.

A leader in education, non-profit advocacy, parenting, access, policy and faith, Chester has been quoted in major newspapers, magazines, and media outlets. Chester attributes much of his achievement to his ADHD, which he says maintains his creativity and youthful perspectives. He and his wife live in Tennessee with their teenage son.

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Live Your Purpose

The God of the Universe breathed power into you. You are alive. So live. Because you have received power from the greatest Power you have the ability to overcome, to move forward, to effect change, to make a difference. Do not squander your power. Certainly, joy comes when we extend compassion and service. But sometimes. Sometimes you have to come first. We worry it’s inappropriate, selfish, or even narcissistic to ever consider putting ourselves first. For whatever reason, sometimes we relegate ourselves to the end of the line. Maybe we feel we’re not worthy. Maybe we feel undeserving. Maybe we… Read more.