Paul Godwin was born and raised in Connecticut, moving to Ohio to attend the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. After serving four years in the US Air Force, he and his wife Jan moved to Deer Park in 1975.
Paul and Jan, a retired Amity teacher, have two daughters, Laura and Sara, who are alumni of Deer Park High School. Sara has returned to her alma mater to teach English, while Laura is an Associate Professor of Theater History at Christopher Newport University. Their two grandchildren are future Deer Park students.
Paul previously served on the Deer Park Board of Education from 1992 through 2005, serving as President from 1995 through 2005. He has been an active member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee from 1991 to the present, and also served on the Finance Committee and the Curriculum Committee.
He is a Life Time Member of the Band Sponsors, having worked with the Cat Crew for many years, and has been an Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge.
Prior to retirement, Paul was involved in the construction and operation of a number of large, multi-building campuses for both local and national employers. Paul was a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the American Society of Hospital Engineers, and the Association of Energy Engineers during this time.