After 10 years as athletic director at Weber State University, Jerry Bovee is on his way back to Utah State University.
USU announced Tuesday that Bovee would return to Logan in June as assistant vice president and deputy athletics director for external affairs.
That makes Bovee, who graduated from Utah State, second-in-command at USU athletics.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to come back to Utah State where this all began for me over 25 years ago,” Bovee said in a press release from USU. “The chance to be part of Aggie Nation once again is a thrill for our family. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 12 years at Weber State and value the lifelong relationships I’ve made in Ogden. I look forward now to renewing friendships and being part of the amazing successes happening at Utah State.”
Bovee’s WSU tenure will likely be remembered as one of culture-building. Bovee hired head football coach Jay Hill and has retained men’s basketball coach Randy Rahe, each of whom are now or are quickly becoming the winningest coaches in school history.
He also oversaw facility additions like the Marquardt Field House — a large, indoor training facility used by athletes department-wide that opened in 2013 — and the current addition to Stewart Stadium sent to open in August that will house new locker rooms, team rooms and more.
Weber State did not provide any statements Tuesday regarding Bovee’s tenure or what is presumed to be an immediate search for his replacement.
On Twitter, school president Brad Mortenson tweeted: “I’m grateful to have worked with (Jerry Bovee) over the last 10 years. His dedication to our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and broader Weber State family will be missed. Sincerely wishing him success in his new pursuits, except on Wildcat-Aggie game days.”
Bovee is an Ogden native and attended Ben Lomond High School. He graduated from Utah State in 1992 and worked in sales, marketing and promotions for the athletic department.
Following those jobs, Bovee worked as an assistant director of the Utah High School Activities Association, then worked as assistant vice president for administrative support services as Weber State before running the athletic department. He was hired as WSU athletic director in September 2009.
“We are really excited for Jerry to join Utah State Athletics,” said John Hartwell, USU vice president and director of athletics, in a press release. “Jerry’s familiarity with and knowledge of our program are huge assets for Aggie Athletics. We’ve got a lot of positive momentum within USU Athletics right now and the addition of Jerry to our staff strengthens our department even more.”