West Virginia University at Parkersburg has hired Senta Goudy as its new director of development and executive director for the WVU at Parkersburg Foundation. Goudy began her tenure on Monday, March 17.
Goudy comes to WVU Parkersburg with more than 20 years of organizational management and development experience. Originally from Parkersburg, she said she is looking forward to moving back to the area after living in Florida for many years.
During her time in Florida, Goudy worked in the Executive Office of the Governor as the Chief of Substance Abuse Prevention and Director of the Office of Suicide Prevention. She worked closely with state and federal agencies to implement effective policies and provide funding to local communities. She also worked as Senior Policy Analyst for the Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office, developing a statewide media effort to reduce underage drinking.
From 2000 to 2004, Goudy served as executive director for The House Next Door, Inc. and The House Next Door Family Foundation; a social service agency that provides family strengthening counseling and educational programs for more than 2,500 youth, and their families, each year. She led the agency to national accreditation and grew the foundation to provide long-term support. From 1989 to 1993, Goudy served as community relations coordinator for the West Volusia Campus of Daytona Beach Community College.
An alumnus of WVU Parkersburg, Goudy earned her associate’s degree when the college was named Parkersburg Community College. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in business from Marshall University.
“The Foundation Board of Directors is excited for the future. Goudy’s knowledge and experience is the right combination to help us get there. WVU Parkersburg and our community will be the winners,” said Robert L. Wright, chairman of the WVU Parkersburg Foundation.