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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
April 28, 2009

CASE Announces Recipients of Distinguished Service Awards

Six Honored for Outstanding Service to Education, Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its Distinguished Service Awards, honoring those who have provided extraordinary service to education as volunteers and professionals in the areas of alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

The awards will be presented to the winners at a luncheon on July 10 in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders in San Francisco, Calif.

According to CASE president John Lippincott, "The Distinguished Service Awards recognize the efforts of individuals who have made a significant difference in the ability of educational institutions to fulfill their missions and achieve their visions."

"Included among this year's winners are a visionary in the development of educational advancement as a global profession, a foundation that has enabled thousands of students to pursue degrees in science and technology, a university alumnus who exemplifies lifelong dedication to his alma mater, a leading advancement professional whose commitment to CASE is legendary, and a couple whose family foundation has expanded educational opportunities at multiple institutions," Lippincott said.

"The value of each of their contributions is made even more apparent by the increasing need for the support of education in these challenging times," he added. "With these awards, we are not only celebrating their specific achievements but also the example they have set for others."

The 2009 Distinguished Service Awards winners are:

Warren Heemann, recipient of the CASE Lifetime Achievement Award. For nearly 35 years, Heemann has been a leading figure in the advancement profession, directing successful fundraising campaigns at William & Mary, Georgia Tech and the University of Chicago. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Heemann also served as a trustee and later chair of the CASE Board of Trustees. During this time, he led a three-year effort to draft the profession's first set of standards for valuing and reporting gifts, known as the CASE Management and Reporting Standards, which will soon be in its fourth edition. He also championed CASE's efforts to expand beyond the United States, an effort that contributed to the opening of the CASE Europe office in London. Today, Heemann continues to make an impact in the profession through consulting and as a mentor to new and established professionals in the field.

ARCS Foundation Inc., recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. The ARCS Foundation promotes science and engineering education by providing scholarships to students with a passion and talent for these fields. Since its founding in 1958, ARCS has awarded nearly 13,000 scholarships worth more than $66 million to more than 7,700 individuals. Because ARCS is operated entirely by volunteers, the national organization is able to dedicate every donated dollar to its scholarships. ARCS currently partners with 48 colleges and universities across the United States, including the California Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, Pomona College, the University of Maryland and University of Washington. Nearly 90 percent of ARCS scholars have gone on to pursue careers in the sciences, and their work has resulted in a number of innovative scientific and technological developments.

Richard Pound, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Since his graduation from McGill University in 1962, Pound has been an active volunteer at his alma mater. In addition to holding nearly every volunteer post in the institution's alumni association, including that of president, Pound has served as a member of McGill's board of governors, chair of the annual fund and chair of McGill's Athletics Board. A former Olympic athlete and vice president of the International Olympic Committee, Pound is a well-known advocate for student athletics and was instrumental in bringing about a multi-million-dollar renewal of McGill's athletics facilities with funds raised from students, alumni, corporations and foundations. Pound has served as the university's chancellor, an honorary member of its board of governors, since 1999 and has held senior positions in other local, national and international organizations that have influenced public policy on education.

Kent Rollins, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. For more than 35 years, Rollins has had a significant impact on the advancement profession, especially in the fields of alumni relations and fundraising at the University of Arizona Alumni Association and the University Medical Center Foundation. His volunteer roles at CASE included serving on and chairing the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations, presenting at numerous CASE conferences and mentoring scores of young professionals. He was elected to the CASE Board of Trustees in 1998 and as chair of the board in 2003. During his two years as chair, he led a thorough organizational assessment of CASE, oversaw the selection of its new president, set the stage for CASE's continued international growth, and provided steady guidance and wise counsel to both the CASE board and the CASE Europe board.

Carrie and John Morgridge, recipients of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. The Morgridges are strong supporters of education in the Denver area, throughout Colorado and in other parts of the United States. Since 2004, they have provided extensive financial and volunteer support to the University of Denver through the Morgridge Family Foundation. The foundation contributed $10 million toward a $34 million campaign to build critically needed endowed funds and a new facility for the university's College of Education. The Morgridges co-chaired the campaign and served on the building's executive architectural committee. Passionate about making sure that educators have access to the latest technology, the Morgridges also outfitted classrooms with cutting-edge technological tools. Beyond these commitments, their dedication to the university extends directly to its students, who are welcomed into their home for dinner and an opportunity to meet community leaders.

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.