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 the U of I 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.
Article by Sue Hinz for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences | April 2015