Longtime Weber State athletic director Jerry Bovee leaving to take assistant AD job at Utah State

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Jerry Bovee, Athletic Director, Weber State University, talks about the new basketball showcase, featuring BYU, Utah, USU, and Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Jerry Bovee is stepping down after 10 years as Weber State’s athletic director and heading north — to Logan.

Utah State athletic director John Hartwell announced Tuesday that Bovee has been named Assistant Vice President and Deputy Athletics Director for External Affairs at USU. Bovee will officially begin his new duties in early June.

In his new role, Bovee will serve as the second in command in the Utah State Athletics Department and oversee all external functions, including some direct sport supervision.

“We are really excited for Jerry to join Utah State Athletics. He’s an Aggie, he received his undergraduate degree from USU, and he began his athletic administration career in our department,” Hartwell said in a news 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.”

Said Bovee: “I’m excited about the opportunity to come back to Utah State where this all began for me over 25 years ago. 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 oversaw significant growth in fundraising and facility upgrades during his time at Weber State, including improvements to Stewart Stadium and the Dee Events Center. The Marquardt Fieldhouse, a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility, opened in 2013. The facility includes strength and conditioning, training and team rooms, along with rehabilitation areas. In addition, a new academic facility for student-athlete success was completed in 2016 and a new state-of-the-art athletic complex on the north end of Stewart Stadium will open in August, 2019.

During Bovee’s tenure with the Wildcats, the football team has made large strides, including unprecedented back-to-back Big Sky titles in 2017 and 2018 under head coach Jay Hill, who was hired by Bovee in December, 2013.