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FAC hires new executive director

Posted: November 2, 2017 4:47 p.m.
Updated: November 3, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Woody Goff, the new executive director for the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County.

The Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County has named Woody Goff as its new executive director.

Goff, who started Wednesday, replaces long-time executive director, Kristin Cobb, who left in July to become Executive Director of  the Midlands Technical College Harbison Theater in Columbia. 

“I am very excited to be here,” Goff said. “The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County has long been established as an institution of creativity and expression for people throughout the Midlands, so I am both honored and humbled to be coming aboard to helm such an organization.”

“We are very excited to welcome Woody as our new Executive Director,” Linda Shaylor, who headed the FAC’s search committee, said. “Woody is personable, engaging and passionate about the Fine Arts Center and its future.”

Goff said community -- in every sense of the word -- is key to his approach and philosophy. Indeed, when he first came to Camden to interview for the position, he arrived early and spent several hours just walking around downtown Camden, introducing himself to people and trying to get a feel for the desires of the community and the existing perception the community has of the Fine Arts Center.

“I got overwhelming responses,” he said. “People really have major buy-in for the organization and everything it does, and that’s extremely important and very gratifying.” 

A native of Horry County, Goff graduated from Coastal Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an Associate of Arts degree in elementary education from Horry-Georgetown Technical College. He has worked as Director of External Relations and Workforce Development and Director of Museum Experiences at EdVenture Museum, Museum Manager at the Children’s Museum of S.C. in Myrtle Beach, and most recently, as a consultant for Native Son Solutions. Goff was recognized as Young Professional of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

Goff has achieved success in business and non-profits, but his first love is the arts, he said. While he has been less involved, personally, in the arts in recent years, he never lost his excitement and interest. This job is the perfect pairing of two passions: non-profit community work and the arts, Goff said.

“I don’t ever remember not loving the arts -- it’s where I found my people and my voice,” he said. “Everyone is uniquely different and the arts is that wonderful place to find unity and common ground. It’s that place where a square peg finds a way to fit a round hole. This place, the Fine Arts Center, is a great place to do just that, to find your voice and the freedom to express yourself. It’s no secret that the arts is the great unifier and a wonderful community builder -- and it is my hope to expound upon that long-standing tradition during my tenure here.”

 “I am pleased and thrilled with Woody’s selection,” Interim Executive Director Rose Sheheen said. “He was the right person at the right time and I have every confidence he will lead us in the direction we need to go.”


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