On Tuesday evening, May 10, 2011, our new Mayor, Vivian Covington was sworn in. She is the first female African-American Mayor in our village’s 43 years of existence.
A University Park resident for 20 years, the mayor had been a member of the Village’s Trustee Board since 2003. She has also been a Library Board Trustee since 2001. Married to Andre, they have three children and five grandchildren.
An Information Technology expert with more than 32 years experience of Federal Government service, Mayor Covington is employed with the Veterans Administration. Her management title is Subject Matter Expert for critically important global technology-related programs.
Attended Eastern Illinois University, Covington majored in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science. She is seeking to continue towards a master’s degree.
In recognition of her outstanding professional service, she has received many awards, commendations, and letters of appreciation for her professional and voluntary service.
Mayor Covington was the Woman of the Year, 2010/2011 – National Association of Professional Women (NAPW); Graduate of the Leadership Program – Department of Veterans Administration; Employee of the Year – Veterans of Strike Force One Organization; Who’s Who for Professionals; and Leadership Graduate – Illinois Municipal League.
When she sat on the Board as a Village Trustee she advanced Information Technology (IT) to the Village by creating an IT Department. This addition has saved the Village over $300,000.00. Her goal is to have a paperless environment. Some sections are currently Wireless.
It took Mayor Covington six years of writing letters to the United States Postal Service Regional Offices, Postmaster Generals, her State
Representative, Congressman, and Senators to finally obtain the Village’s very own Zip Code 60484 as of July 2009. This was a great historical time – after 40 years of sharing the same zip code with another Village. She gives great thanks to Congressman Danny Davis (one of his sub-committees that he held position on at that time) for acting on her request.
Mayor Covington holds memberships with the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (three years) and Toastmasters International (10 years). She has been a member for 15 plus years of WUPC-TV for Young Broadcasters (Village of University Park); for 7 years Chairman of Village’s IT Commission; and for 4 years as Chairman of the Human Services Special Events Committee, where the Village holds an annual festival every year, a Coat Drive, Christmas events, and a Farmers Market.
Mayor Covington attended her first Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC in September 2008. Covington became a life member of Blacks In Government and is now serving as the 2nd Vice President of the West Chicago United Chapter.
Her hobbies and special interests include travel. The charity that she is most passionate and drawn to is “WHY ME” (Cancer Society).
Mayor Covington summed up her dedication with, “I believe that public service to your community is the highest commitment and the best way to give back”.