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Vivien Perrine Woofter


Vivien Perrine Woofter (‘52 BS)

Vivien Perrine Woofter graduated from West Virginia University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics specializing in interior design. She studied interior design at the Richmond Professional Institute and worked on her master’s degree in retailing at the University of Pittsburgh. She continued additional postgraduate work at Harvard University in 1978.

Woofter began her distinguished career with the federal government in 1968 as the interior designer for the General Services Administration. In 1976, she became the head of interior design for the White House, and later served in a similar capacity for the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services. From 1988 until her retirement last year, Woofter was the director of interior planning design, Office of Foreign Buildings, U.S Department of State.

Throughout her career, she has served her alma mater in significant ways, giving of her time and talents in the recent interior design of Blaney House, home of the WVU president.

Her love and experience with historic preservation also led the way to the establishment of a multi-disciplinary graduate certificate program at WVU in cultural resource management.

As chairperson of the College of Creative Arts board of advisors, she helped guide the college through the recent renovations to the Creative Arts Center.

She is a member of the board of directors of the WVU Foundation and president of the board of directors of the Morgantown Metropolitan Theatre.

Woofter’s honors include a Meritorious Honor Award from the Department of State in 1988 for interior design work accomplished throughout the world. In 1994, her entire division received a Group Honor Award for outstanding international design work.

In 1992, Woofter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from WVU in 1998. In 2005, she was inducted into the Order of Vandalia.