PARKERSBURG - The executive director of the WVU-Parkersburg Foundation will retire May 7.
Jenny Keup, who has been in the position for four years, told the foundation's executive board Wednesday of her plans to retire. Keup was previously the executive director of the Volunteer Action Center.
"I have great respect for you and for the foundation board members." Keup wrote in her letter of retirement to board President Dave Underwood. "Everyone has worked diligently to ensure that West Virginia University at Parkersburg will be able to offer the best higher education option in the Mid-Ohio Valley."
In coming weeks, she will be involved in helping in the search for her replacement and has offered to be of assistance beyond May 7.
"The upcoming years will be exciting ones for the college," she continued, "and I know the next director will enjoy the continuing support of area businesses and individuals. I hope that he or she will be able to look back some day, as I will, and know that working for the foundation was time well spent."
"Jenny has been a real asset to WVU-Parkersburg and this foundation," said Underwood. "She leaves big shoes to fill and we hope to fill those shoes with a person who has a similar passion for making the university and the foundation even more successful."
Keup said she has been asked to volunteer on a very special project for another nonprofit, which will allow her to keep active and will eventually benefit the college.