USF Sarasota-Manatee Vice Chancellor Stover to retire Sept. 3

Dennis Stover, regional vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, announced this week he will retire Sept. 3, according to a press release Friday.

Since March 2012, Stover has served on the senior leadership team overseeing fundraising, communications, marketing and foundational goals. In an email announcement to faculty and staff Monday, Regional Chancellor Sandra Stone said she is happy for Stover, “as he will have time to relax and pursue other interests, but I am very sad to see him go.”

A nationwide search to replace Stover, 63, will begin in July, according to a release.

“Being a people person, this job was an outstanding fit for my personality,” the Sarasota resident said in a written statement. “I will miss the deep friendships I have made with the donors, alums and staff, but I am thankful to retire with good health.”

A list of Stover’s accomplishments include: growing endowed funds to $9.2 million from $5.7 million, raising private funds to open USFSM teaching labs at Mote Marine Laboratory, securing scholarship money to cover unmet tuition needs for the first freshman class;and raising funds to establish the Culinary Innovation Lab at Lakewood Ranch.

Stover said he plans to remain in the area after a visit to Indiana, where he grew up and attended school. Stover graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and an master’s degree in education administration from Indiana University.