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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

June 30, 2010

Northwest announces administration changes, merging of divisions

Orrie Covert

Orrie Covert

Dr. Greg Haddock

Dr. Greg Haddock

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest on Tuesday announced two administrative changes designed to continue to help the University in its plan to thrive and further strengthen its quality programs.

Vice President of Advancement Orrie Covert will lead a new division created by the merging of the Advancement and University Relations offices. He will oversee development, alumni relations, university communications, university marketing and program development, and special events.

Covert earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1994 from Graceland University and a master's in public administration in 2006 from Syracuse University. Prior to arriving at Northwest in 2005, he was director of development for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He also was president and CEO of GT Manufacturing Inc., a company he co-founded.

"The combination of these divisions is a fairly standard practice in the higher education community, and Orrie is well-suited to help us advance on all fronts, especially as we move into capital campaign planning," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "We studied Northwest's history in these areas, constructed a gap analysis and discussed needs moving forward. We are seeking increased synergy between these areas."

Dr. Greg Haddock becomes the Vice Provost/Dean of the Graduate School. He will oversee Northwest Outreach, supervise Northwest's new grants coordinator, and will work with Director of International Affairs Dr. Jeff Foot to develop a strategic plan for the University's internationalization efforts.

Haddock has held a wide range of roles during his 14 years at Northwest, including Faculty Senate president, chair of the geology and geography department, and the last two years as interim graduate dean.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in music and geography in 1990 from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., and a master of science in geography in 1993 from the University of Idaho. Haddock earned his doctorate of philosophy in geography in 1996 from the University of Idaho.

"The job of the search committee was incredibly difficult, and the decision on who to select for this position was probably the most challenging decision I have had to make as Provost," Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said.

Both appointments were approved by the Board of Regents and are effective July 1.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468