Al Tovey | Grateful for the Opportunity to Give Back
It was a 1981 basketball camp that first brought CLASS Advisory Council member Al Tovey to the Idaho campus and the experience was enough to convince the 15-year-old he wanted to be a Vandal.
“At Idaho I gained a quality education in a relaxed, small town atmosphere,” the General Manager of the Wildhorse Resort in Pendleton said. “Moscow and UI weren't too big or too small. They seemed just right for a small town kid from Malad, Idaho.”
Tovey calls the extra time he gives to CLASS and the university payback.
“Idaho has given me a chance to be successful,” he said. “There were so many people who helped me at Idaho - from other students, faculty and administrators to alumni, staff and local business owners.
“I feel it is my responsibility to give back,” said Tovey, a 1994 graduate in communications with an advertising option.
He said he is grateful for his education that included strategic and critical thinking and communication skills for dealing with a large organization.
“Most important was learning how to deal with different types of people and their belief systems,” he said.
An ability to think critically and problem solve is a goal every Idaho student should strive for, said Tovey who still misses the energy and excitement of the students on campus.
Among a long list of Idaho alumni in his family are his father, John D. Tovey, and brothers Dave Tovey and Bill Tovey.