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May 5, 2009
Northwest Vice President for Finance and Support Services Ray Courter has announced that he will retire effective July 1.
Courter joined the University's administrative team in 1972 as director of accounting and payroll. He subsequently served as internal auditor and controller before being promoted to his current post in 1996.
A member of the President's Cabinet, Courter is the University's chief budget officer and has also been responsible for the management, development and maintenance of the University's physical plant and service operations, functions that involve nearly 200 employees and touch on every aspect of the campus community, from law enforcement to dining and housing to new construction.
"It has been my sincere privilege to work at Northwest for the past 37 years," Courter said. "I deeply appreciate those colleagues who have been my mentors, my team associates and my friends during my tenure at the University."
Under Courter's direction, Northwest has planned and executed $225 million in facility upgrades since 1990, including major renovations of the J.W. Jones Student Union, Colden Hall, the Garrett-Strong Science Building and Bearcat Stadium. New construction projects include Forest Village Apartments and Tower Suites, the Fire Arts Building and the 500-bed Hudson-Perrin freshman residence complex.
Courter also played a very significant role in the development and construction of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which, following its completion later this year, will serve as both a high-technology business incubator and an academic teaching and research facility.
Other projects reflecting Courter's leadership include:
"Northwest is an infinitely better, stronger and more forward-looking institution thanks to Ray's dedication, passion, counsel and professional expertise," said President Dean L. Hubbard, who will also retire this summer. "His sound fiscal guidance combined with a profound understanding of the University's mission has created a legacy that will continue to serve students, faculty and staff for decades to come."
Courter, who holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's of business administration degree from the University, said he will miss coming to work every day and interacting with co-workers and students at an institution where he has longstanding personal and professional ties.
"My mother and my aunt were summer school students at Northwest in the late 1920s and early 1930s," he said. "My wife, two sons and myself all have degrees from the University, so bleeding green is a family affair."
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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