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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
June 18, 2013

CASE Announces 2013 Distinguished Service Award Winners

Five Individuals Recognized for Outstanding Service to Education, Advancement

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the 2013 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 five recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 15, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in San Francisco, Calif.

The 2013 CASE Distinguished Service Awards winners are:

Susan Kubik, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. Kubik is a nationally recognized leader in the advancement profession and is known for her work in building fundraising and alumni relations programs at community colleges. She began her career at Northampton Community College in 1975 where she built the advancement program from a one-person shop to a department of professional staff and volunteers that is recognized as one of the profession's leading examples of best practices. The NCC Foundation transferred more than $60 million to the college and its endowment ranked in the top 10 community college endowments nationally during her tenure at Northampton. Kubik has demonstrated her commitment to the advancement profession by serving as chair of the CASE Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1997 and on the CASE Europe Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2000. She also chaired the inaugural CASE Conference on Community College Advancement in 2012. In addition, Kubik has served as a mentor to many professionals and continues to offer guidance by sharing her expertise in CURRENTS articles as well as CASE podcasts and conferences.

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

Charles Garcia, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Garcia is a 1983 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. For 30 years, he has been a strong supporter of USAFA and its alumni association, the Association of Graduates, and has held several volunteer positions, including finance committee chair and treasurer. Garcia was appointed by President George W. Bush to the academy's Board of Visitors in 2005. Soon after, he was elected chair and played a key role in the institution's push to increase diversity and leadership development for cadets. In 2009, when his term expired, he was reappointed by President Barack Obama to continue his chairmanship for three more years. Garcia has also provided guidance and assistance in various fundraising initiatives, including serving on a campaign steering committee that raised nearly $40 million as part of the institution's first capital campaign.

Jake Schrum, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. Schrum has served as president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, since July 2000 and will be leaving Southwestern at the end of June to become president of Emory & Henry College in Virginia. Prior to this, he served as president of Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. His service to higher education and the advancement profession is demonstrated through his presidential leadership at Texas Wesleyan, where the endowment and annual fund more than doubled during his tenure, and Southwestern University, where he led the largest fundraising campaign in its history. A dedicated CASE volunteer, Schrum has been a frequent presenter at CASE conferences. During his tenure as chair of the CASE Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1995, he provided strong support for the establishment of the CASE Europe office and closer relationships with the eight North American districts.

Gordon and Betty Moore, recipients of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. For more than 40 years, Gordon and Betty Moore have exhibited leadership, vision and commitment in the field of higher education. Personally and through their foundations, the Moores have donated more than $1 billion for groundbreaking academic research, scholarships and professorships. The California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Washington are a few of the institutions that have received transformative gifts from the Moores. Beyond financial support, they have volunteered hundreds of hours as mentors, advisers and members of various boards. Gordon Moore has shared his business acumen as co-founder and chair emeritus of Intel Corp. with Caltech where he has served as a board member for 30 years.

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 more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves nearly 81,000 advancement practitioners on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than 17,000 professional members on its roster.

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.