Wendell Foster board selects new CEO

Doug Hoyt
Doug Hoyt

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Wendell Foster officials announced recently that Doug Hoyt will be the organization’s next CEO. Wendell Foster is an Owensboro based non-profit organization that serves over 2,000 children and adults with disabilities across Western Kentucky.

Hoyt was born and raised in Conneaut, Ohio. He came to Owensboro in 1980 to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College. After graduation, he attended Indiana State University where he received his master of science degree. Hoyt spent 13 years with the Green River Area Development District where he served as the associate director for community and economic development, and spent the last 22 years at Kenergy Corporation, currently holding the position of director of procurement and contracts.

Hoyt is a graduate of Leadership Owensboro (2005) and Leadership Kentucky (2002). He is active in the community, currently serving on the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport Board, Owensboro Community and Technical College Board, and the Kentucky Wesleyan College Alumni Board. Hoyt is an active member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he serves as a deacon and treasurer, and also teaches as an adjunct professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Hoyt and his wife Brenda have two children and four grandchildren.

“I am excited for this opportunity to lead Wendell Foster as CEO,” Hoyt said. “Wendell Foster has a long and proud history of serving the community. I look forward to working with the dedicated staff and board members to continue and expand upon the rich tradition built by Wendell Foster. Wendell Foster has always been a reflection of the heart of the Owensboro community, it is truly an honor to assume this responsibility.”

Hoyt is officially scheduled to begin his work at Wendell Foster on July 20, when he will be replacing Interim CEO Ben Boarman, who has been volunteering his time to lead the organization during the past several months of the CEO search.

Wendell Foster’s Board Chair Terry Ward said, “Doug Hoyt is a great hire for the CEO position at Wendell Foster. He has been a very active member of the Owensboro community for 40 years. Doug understands the importance that Wendell Foster has in our community and he has the skill set to lead Wendell Foster into the future. I feel very blessed that we have been able to hire Doug as our new CEO.”

Boarman had this to say about Hoyt: “I am excited about the future of Wendell Foster. Doug’s combination of management skills, community involvement, history of advocacy, and strategic thinking will serve us well. We have an amazing team in place and I believe Doug’s leadership will elevate our organization to new levels of service to our residents, patients and community.”