Kerry Goff ’10 is grateful for the connections and encouragement McMurry gave him to achieve his goals.

06/19/2023 Alumni Spotlight

Kerry Goff is the new Director of the Performing Arts Center for Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi. His career was kicked off by McMurry’s support for his career goals.  

When Goff was accepted to McMurry, he had a clear goal to return to his hometown of Fredericksburg and be the Artistic Director of the Fredericksburg Theatre Company (FTC); he was able to achieve this goal upon graduation and served FTC as their Artistic Director for eight years.  

Goff credits his career liftoff to the knowledge and experience earned under professors Dr. Philip Craik (Professor of Theatre from ’85 to ’14), Charlie Hukill (Professor of Theatre from ’85 to ’18), David Ainsworth (Assistant Professor of Theatre from ’03 to ’20), and voice teacher, Dr. Diana Ellis (Professor of Music from ’04 to ’10). The theatre department was, and is today, a family. When Goff attended McMurry, his classmates played key roles in giving him the confidence to grow within his career. 

Since working in the field of theatre, his goal of service never changed.  

“Theatre has a way of enriching others, and I want to provide as many opportunities as I can for people to enjoy live theatre.” says Goff.  

Goff gives all the praise to Jesus Christ for the blessings in his life. He gives thanks to his family for supporting his career, namely, his wife, McMurry alumna, Ashleigh Goff ’06, his best friend, partner in life, and biggest fan.  

“Dr. Jeryl Hoover, founder of the Fredericksburg Theatre Company, and Abilene legend, Bob Straus, took a young teenager with no direction and gave him a passion for the theatre,” said Goff, “The Paramount Theatre-Abilene and it’s amazing employees were a blessing in my life for the experiences they provided me. Dr. Victoria Spangler was a big supporter of mine and gave me wonderful opportunities with Voices Unmasked. I have been incredibly lucky to have countless advocates who have supported and guided me.”