Within days of joining the Division of University Advancement, Sarver saved his new colleagues hours of work by computerizing reports that previously were prepared manually.
He also designs websites and is the division’s resident expert in creating PowerPoint presentations.
“At NIU Foundation Chair Dennis Barsema’s suggestion, we recently moved to an all-digital format for all our board meetings,” says Michael P. Malone, vice president for University Advancement. “Steve Sarver is the person I asked to take the lead in making this happen, and our board is delighted with the results.”
Sarver communicates directly with donors on the “grunt work” of their financial associations with the university. He also helps to coordinate NIU Foundation trips to football games, giving donors first-class experiences that build Huskie pride.
Colleagues call him smart, fast, accurate and “the ultimate go-to guy.”
“Steve’s organizational skills are excellent, allowing him to keep many projects moving forward simultaneously without dropping the ball,” says Alberta Solfisburg, director of Development Operations and Campaign Initiatives. “I have not yet seen a task which he cannot do.”
Sarver is proud of his 35-year commitment to the Boy Scouts of America.
After earning the Eagle Scout Award, he has taken on leadership roles, helping establishing a new Cub Scout pack in Kirkland and serving as co-chair for his hometown troop’s 50th anniversary. He received the Silver Beaver Award – the highest award a council can bestow on a volunteer – as well as the Vigil Honor for outstanding service.