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Three New Members Join Division of Institutional Advancement

Ms. Chatonda Best Covington
Mr. Corey Savage
Mr. Kevin Wilson

NCCU welcomes three new members to the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Ms. Chatonda Best Covington, an alumna from the class of 1994, will serve as the interim director of alumni relations beginning August 1, 2014. She will oversee the Office of Alumni Relations in the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Covington comes to NCCU having served in a number of leadership positions with higher education, law and corporate entities in North Carolina. Over the course of her professional career, Covington has built an extensive portfolio in program and events management, project creation and implementation, as well as volunteer oversight. She joins NCCU from Chapman Law Firm, where since 2010 she has been responsible for coordinated management of projects and policy analysis. She was responsible for increasing operational income while decreasing operational expenses. Prior to her work at Chapman Law Firm, she served at North Carolina A&T State University and The Event Authority. At The Event Authority, Covington executed and managed a number of large-scale events for corporate and non-profit clients.

Covington has been actively involved in the NCCU Alumni Association for many years. Currently, she serves as vice president for the association’s Greensboro chapter. She also serves as a board member of The S.H.O.P.P.E. in Greensboro, a vocational training facility for developmentally disabled adults. Covington also has been the president of the Triad Chapter of the National Black MBA Association. She is a 2014 graduate of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program for Professionals, also known as Leadership Greensboro. Covington received a bachelor’s from NCCU and earned an M.B.A. from Strayer University.

Mr. Corey Savage recently began in the Division of Institutional Advancement as the new director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences. He will work closely with Dean Carlton Wilson and members of the college to execute fundraising priorities and initiatives. Savage joins NCCU with a wealth of development knowledge and expertise, most recently serving as director of Foundation Relations at Hampton University. He is a talented non-profit management professional with more than 10 years of experience in creating programs, building awareness and engaging community support for national and local non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning.

Savage has held numerous leadership positions in development throughout his career. He served as campaign manager with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, for four years, Savage was director of college relations and partnerships at the Tom Joyner Foundation in Dallas, where he managed the “HBCU of the Month” fundraising campaign, developed scholarship initiatives with Fortune 500 corporations, and planned and coordinated events for the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage and Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion. He also has served as a senior communications specialist at Saint Augustine’s University.

Savage is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Savage earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina A&T State University.

Mr. Kevin M. Wilson has joined the Division of Institutional Advancement as associate athletics director for development. He will serve as the point of contact for all fundraising activities within NCCU’s athletics division.

Wilson comes to NCCU after having served since 2012 as assistant athletics director for development and marketing at Fayetteville State University, where he established the annual fundraising arm for the university’s athletics program and secured several large gifts and scholarship commitments, including the second-largest gift in program history for the men’s basketball team. He also established partnerships with a number of local businesses, as well as The North Carolina Education Lottery, which provided sponsorship support for the university.

Previously, Wilson worked at NCCU for three years, where he served as director of men’s basketball operations and assistant director for development. In his role as assistant director of development, he assisted in operations of the Eagle Club, secured the group’s first endowment since the athletic program’s transition to Division I, and increased membership by 20 percent.

Wilson is an active member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. He earned his bachelor’s from Duke University, master’s from NCCU, and is currently pursuing a M.B.A. at East Carolina University. 

Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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