Victoria native joins UHV staff

Victoria native joins UHV staff

Victoria native joins UHV staff – Kelsey Norgard; photo contributed from UHV website.

VICTORIA, Texas – Kelsey Norgard of Victoria will be joining the University of Houston-Victoria as the new director of alumni relations and annual giving.

UHV is proud to announce Norgard, director of sales and marketing for The Club at Colony Creek, will be joining UHV’s University Advancement team on Thursday, Aug. 5.

“I’m excited to join the University Advancement team and the UHV family,” Norgard said. “I was born and raised in Victoria, and I’ve lived and worked here most of my life. It’s a tightknit community and a great place to live, and UHV is a big part of the community. I’m looking forward to joining the university and helping it continue to grow and serve the needs of Victoria and the area.”

Victoria native joins UHV staff: Norgard’s education and experience

Norgard graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in marketing. During her studies at the university, she received many honors. Norgard was on the Dean’s List and the Chancellor’s List. She was a member of the Mu Kappa Tau marketing honor society and the Pi Sigma Epsilon co-ed fraternity, as well.

The Victoria native has worked at Colony Creek since 2016. Her responsibilities included developing marketing materials, including designs for ads, the monthly newsletter, event and membership materials and website content. Norgard also manages communications with members via email, social media and text messages. Additionally, she facilitates club events in the areas of sales. She works with members, guests and staff, and is in charge of invoicing. Prior to that, she worked at Colony Creek from 2012 to 2015 as a summer staff manager and marketing and event assistant.

Norgard also worked as an English teacher in Thailand from 2015 to 2016.

Victoria native joins UHV staff: Norgard’s role as director of alum relations and annual giving

Norgard plans to take the lead as the primary contact for over 21,000 UHV alumni around the world as the new director of alumni relations and annual giving. She will supervise planning and coordinating events, programs, communications, fundraising and more. Through this, she will contribute to the ongoing effort to build external support for the university, said Jesse Pisors, vice president for advancement and external relations.

Victoria native joins UHV staff

Victoria native joins UHV staff – Jesse Pisors; photo contributed from UHV website

“I am delighted to welcome Kelsey to the University Advancement team at UHV, and I am confident that she will help us better serve and engage with our alumni, as well as many non-alumni donors,” Pisors said. “Kelsey’s extensive experience with events, customer care, marketing and communications make her a perfect fit for this role. Most importantly, she strives to work with excellence and serves constituents to the absolute best of her ability. UHV’s alumni relations and annual giving areas have seen tremendous growth and great success during the past six years. I look forward to working with Kelsey to continue this forward momentum.”

Norgard shares excitement

As Norgard joins the team, she expresses her excitement. She stated she has seen the university grow and have an ongoing positive impact on the community. Additionally, she has a personal connection: Her mother, Chari Norgard. Her mother, who worked at the university for 27 years, gave her an early appreciation for the university. During her years of service, Chari worked as the Title IX coordinator, associate vice president for student affairs and director of instruction support services.

One of the things Norgard looks forward to is connecting with the university’s alumni. She hopes to help them promote pride and personal connection with their alma mater. Norgard anticipates working on the university’s fundraising initiatives and finding ways to grow local support for UHV.

“It’s important for the university to have that connection with its alumni and with the communities it serves,” she said. “I want to help people see how UHV has impacted their lives. There’s so much potential here, and I can’t wait to get started.”

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