March 17, 2011
Vice President of University Advancement Covert leaving Northwest after six years
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Orrie Covert, vice president of university advancement at Northwest Missouri State University and executive director of the Northwest Foundation, has resigned his position effective March 31 to accept the role of assistant vice president of development at the University of Florida, Northwest has announced.
"I'm honored to have been a part of the Northwest community for the last six years and proud of what we've accomplished in the area of university advancement," Covert said. "We've reached all-time highs for alumni connectivity, involvement and giving. Northwest's alumni base is strong, and I am confident its growth will continue."
Joining Northwest's administration in 2005, Covert provided vision, strategic direction and management to the Office of University Advancement, which is responsible for development and fundraising, marketing, communications, KXCV-KRNW and alumni, community and government relations.
During Covert's tenure, the University realized the largest cash gift in its history of $2.1 million and multiple gifts of more than $1 million. Annual fundraising increased by 57 percent, and the Northwest Foundation raised more than $6 million during 2009-2010, resulting in its second best fundraising year.
Additionally, the number of Northwest alumni chapters increased from nine to 18 during the last six years, which included the chartering of the first international Northwest alumni chapter in Japan.
"Orrie has been a big part of the Northwest Foundation's growth during the last six years," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "He has done much to strengthen Northwest Missouri State's reputation as a quality institution not only in this region but throughout the country. We have an alumni base that is proud and committed, and Orrie has had a key role in facilitating that."
Covert earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1994 from Graceland University and a master's in public administration in 2005 from Syracuse University. Prior to arriving at Northwest, 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.
In his new role at the University of Florida, Covert will provide leadership, counsel and assistance to directors on matters relating to fundraising, accountability and staffing. He will oversee development staff representing several of the University's colleges as well as staffs in New York City and Washington, D.C.
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