Joplin, Mo. -- Kevin Greim will join the development staff at Missouri Southern State University as major gifts officer starting April 9, 2012.
Greim has worked at Missouri Southern since 1999 and currently serves as associate athletic director for external relations at the University. In this role he manages the marketing, sales, and radio activities for the athletics department, serves as the voice of the Lions, and also supervises the sports of baseball and golf.
"We're excited that Kevin is joining the development team," said JoAnn Graffam, Vice President for Development/Executive Director of the Missouri Southern Foundation. "He is passionate about the University and brings great experience that will help provide better opportunities for our students."
Greim conceptualized SouthernFest, which is a two-day fundraising event for athletics, and serves as co-chair for the steering committee. He also works with the department's annual fund campaign, and was the primary point of contact for the charity basketball games with the University of Missouri and Missouri State University, including securing sponsors.
"Working in the athletics department for the past 13 years has shaped who I am professionally," said Greim. "I've enjoyed my job probably more than a person has a right to and serving as the voice of MSSU athletics has provided me with countless thrills. It has been a highlight of my career so far, but I'm excited about this new challenge and I'm especially looking forward to assisting other areas of the University to serve the needs of our students."
Greim will continue to supervise baseball and golf through the end of their respective seasons, but will no longer be the voice of the Lions on the radio.
"Kevin has been an important member of our team and has helped strengthen the department," said Jared Bruggeman, Director of Athletics. "We're going to miss his energy and his dedication to the Lions."
Greim replaces Graffam, who was promoted to Vice President in last November. He earned his master's degree at Delta State University and his bachelor's degree at Southwest Missouri State University. A search for Greim's replacement in athletics will begin immediately.