Bio: Todd Goodrich grew up in Troy, Montana, and graduated from the UM School of Journalism in 1988. He worked as a newspaper photographer for the Missoulian, Ravalli Republic, Havre daily News and the Great Falls Tribune before finding his way back to the University of Montana to start his current position as the UM Photographer. Working out of the office of University Relations, Todd has been capturing images of the campus, its students, faculty, athletics and special events for more than 25 years. His photos appear in UM publications, the UM homepage, campus websites, UM social media, GoGriz.com and virtually any information source using visual imagery to communicate the messages of the University of Montana. Over the course of his time at UM, he has photographed a couple of US presidents, musicians like the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, every national championship football game that the Grizzlies have played, corporate luminaries, Noble Prize winners and even a NASA rocket launch. Goodrich said of his job, “When you work as a photographer at a university, you don’t have to go far to find subject matter, because amazing things just come to you.”
One of Todd’s nominees said of him, “Todd has catalogued the life of this University in pictures. In the process he has become part of the fabric of the place. Everyone knows Todd, and he knows everyone – even if he can’t remember all the names.”
Todd is married to Tina Goodrich, a 1992 graduate of the UM School of Journalism, and they have three children, Elise, Erin and Nicolas. Erin is a UM alumna and Nic is currently a junior in Media Arts at UM.
Thank you: First, I would like to thank the people who nominated me for this award. It’s always nice to know that your work is appreciated and that what you do doesn’t go unnoticed. Secondly, I would like to thank all the wonderful people I work with who take my images and put them out there for the world to see. That includes my talented coworkers at University Relations, all the folks in Integrated Communications, the people in Sports Information and marketing, the great designers in Printing and Graphics, and all the publications and media staff in individual departments who use my images to help spread their messages. Capturing an image is just one small part of the process of getting UM’s message out. I am very lucky to work with great people here at UM.
I would also like to thank my family. My wife, Tina, and my children have, for these many years, put up with my odd work schedule that takes me out of the house many evenings and weekends. I am a lucky man to have their love, support and understanding.
My job here at UM has really been a joy for me. When I tell people what I do for a living, I almost always get the response, “What a great job.” And I have to agree. On a daily basis, I meet and work with amazing people: brilliant professors and cutting edge researchers, visiting dignitaries, talented artists and musicians, dedicated young athletes, and motivated students with ideas and dreams that will change the world. I have had front row seats to rock concerts and national championship football games. I have met alumni who have reached the highest levels of success in their fields, and students who’ve won Rhodes scholarships or simply been the first in their family to get a degree.
And then there is this place. As a visual communicator, the beauty of this campus and the environment surrounding it make my job almost easy. Main Hall, and our Oval with the Grizzly statue, are iconic. The Clark Fork flowing past with its anglers and kayakers. I’ve actually photographed skiers coming down Mount Sentinel with our clock tower in the foreground. Is there another campus in the world where you can get a shot like that? A campus’s signature building with skiing in the background?
There is so much that happens on our campus: teaching, learning, growth, life. It is impossible to capture it all through the lens of one camera. But I’ll keep trying.