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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 10, 2013

University advancement office announces staff changes

Polly Howard

Polly Howard

Steve Sutton

Steve Sutton

Northwest Missouri State University's Office of University Advancement has announced a change in roles for two of its staff members to enhance its outreach, communication and donor development efforts.

Polly Howard has assumed the role of director of alumni and donor relations, and Steve Sutton has begun serving as a major gift development officer. Howard, who had been a major gift development officer for the last seven years, and Sutton, who served in the director role during the same tenure, have switched roles.

“We are so thankful for Polly and Steve’s service and pleased to be able to tap into their competencies to help our ever-growing Bearcat network become even stronger,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We are at an exciting juncture of organizational growth, and Polly and Steve will help us continue to do what we do best – focus on student success.”

Howard, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 2000 and a master’s degree in 2009, joined Northwest’s university advancement team after working in the broadcasting field. She has experience in communication and marketing and looks forward to increasing volunteer opportunities while building alumni and student programs. She also seeks to elevate outreach and engagement efforts that will assist the University in recruitment, retention, graduation and placement.

“The needs of the University are changing and with that comes an even greater responsibility to keep in contact with our alumni,” Howard said. “In this new role, I am excited to help develop diverse opportunities to expand that reach to our alumni and friends and hone in on their skills and interests for the good of our alma mater.”

Sutton, a 1971 Northwest alumnus, brings seven years of experience directing the University’s alumni relations program, leading the growth of the Northwest Alumni Association’s network to 19 chapters. He also strengthened Northwest’s popular alumni travel program and has an uncanny ability to relate to all walks of alumni and friends of the institution. In his new role, Sutton will solicit and secure private gift support that will help Northwest reach its many goals.

“I’m excited to align personal and private gift interests in support of our alma mater,” Sutton said. “Together we will partner philanthropically. Our institution is counting on us.”

Northwest alumni and friends may continue to contact Howard at and Sutton at, or at the Alumni House by calling 660.562.1248.

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