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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
May 15, 2012

CASE Announces 2012 Distinguished Service Award Winners

Six Individuals Recognized for Outstanding Service to Education, Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the 2012 recipients of its Distinguished Service Awards.

The annual awards honor individuals and organizations for extraordinary service to education and the field of educational advancement, which includes alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

CASE will recognize the six recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 16, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in Washington, D.C.

The 2012 CASE Distinguished Service Awards winners are:

Rita BornsteinRita Bornstein, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. Bornstein, president emerita of Rollins College in Florida, is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and the advancement profession. Following a distinguished career in advancement and academia, she assumed the presidency of Rollins College in 1990. During her 14-year tenure, she guided Rollins through various levels of achievement, including its most ambitious fundraising effort that raised more than $160 million for academic programs, scholarships, faculty chairs and facilities. Bornstein was elected chair of the CASE Board of Trustees in 2005. As chair, Bornstein oversaw CASE's expansion into Asia-Pacific, Mexico and Africa as well as a renewed focus on ethics and diversity in the advancement profession. She has also served as a mentor to many professionals during the past 35 years and continues to build her influence and reputation through writing, speaking and assisting heads of institutions to be strong leaders.

Timothy H. UbbenTimothy H. Ubben, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Ubben is a 1958 graduate of DePauw University. For more than 30 years, Ubben has been an active volunteer and served as a member or leader of various boards and committees, including president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, member and chair of the DePauw University Board of Trustees and honorary chair of the National Campaign Committee. In his nomination letter, the president of DePauw University noted that Ubben has "elevated this institution's national reputation and redefined student and faculty opportunities" through his volunteer involvement and significant gifts that created several academic programs. This includes multiple gifts to establish 15 Ubben Endowed Chairs and an endowed lectureship that brings world leaders to DePauw's Midwest campus.

Larry D. LauerLarry D. Lauer, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. Lauer is vice chancellor for government affairs at Texas Christian University. He is a recognized expert in educational advancement, especially in integrated marketing, and has served as a speaker and author of many books and articles on the topic. Throughout his advancement career, Lauer has shared his marketing experience by volunteering as a faculty member at CASE conferences, a trustee on the CASE board and a member of the CASE Commission on Communications and Marketing. In addition to his leadership and marketing expertise, Lauer has served as a mentor to many in the profession and has brought his principles and practices of integrated marketing to institutions around the world.

David M. RubensteinDavid M. Rubenstein, recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. Rubenstein is co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group. Throughout the years, he has provided significant financial and volunteer support to many institutions, including the University of Chicago Law School, Duke University School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins. His volunteer work includes serving as chair of the board of trustees at Duke University and trustee of the University of Chicago. Beyond his work with higher education, Rubenstein is involved in numerous other causes that advance education. This includes purchasing rare documents and sharing them with the public. Examples include the Magna Carta, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, which are housed at various sites in Washington, D.C.

Jack R. and Mary Lois WheatleyJack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley, recipients of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. Jack R. and Mary Lois Wheatley are long-time supporters of Brigham Young University. They made their first gift nearly 40 years ago in support of an academic chair. Since then, they have played a significant role in various academic, cultural, building and beautification projects that have benefitted thousands of students and campus visitors. This includes purchasing thousands of trees for BYU, financing and helping design one of the most popular campus art museums in the western part of the United States and providing financial support for BYU students to spend a semester studying in Jerusalem. In 2008, the Wheatley's founded the Wheatley Institution to enhance the scholarship and academic experience at BYU. Mr. Wheatley has also served as co-chair of the BYU President's Leadership Council, co-chair of the institution's "Lighting the Way for the 21st Century" capital campaign and has devoted hundreds of hours to help conceptualize and plan numerous buildings on the campus.

The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is supported by a generous contribution from the consulting firm Marts & Lundy.

About CASE

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

CASE was founded in 1974 and maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE América Latina, 2011).

Today, CASE's membership includes nearly 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and non-profit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world's largest non-profit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 85,000 practitioners.

To fulfill their missions and to meet both individual and societal needs, colleges, universities and independent schools rely on—and therefore must foster—the good will, active involvement, informed advocacy and enduring support of alumni, donors, prospective students, parents, government officials, community leaders, corporate executives, foundation officers and other external constituencies.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with all of these constituencies by providing relevant research, supporting growth in the profession and fostering support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.