Director of Communications
For Immediate Release
June 7, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named Chris Thompson, formerly with the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, to the position of vice president for research and information services.
An expert in the strategic use of research data, Thompson will oversee CASE’s research unit and information center. Responsibilities will include developing and directing primary and secondary research programs to enhance the effectiveness of advancement operations and professionals at CASE-member institutions.
Thompson, who started June 1, also will direct surveys and studies in the educational advancement disciplines of alumni relations, communications, marketing, and fundraising, and will oversee efforts to compile relevant print and online materials in response to member inquiries, the needs of the advancement profession, and organization-wide efforts.
John Lippincott, president of CASE, says Thompson’s arrival is a significant development for the association.
“Chris brings to CASE the expertise and the experience to develop and implement a greatly expanded research program designed to help advancement professionals make data-driven decisions,” says Lippincott. “His arrival signals our commitment to research as a strategic priority for the organization and as a critically important tool at a time of increasing emphasis on accountability. He has a sharp understanding of what it means to provide professionals with reliable benchmarks and the profession with relevant data.”
A graduate of University College London, Thompson has a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. from St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge. He has written more than 20 articles for academic journals and 50 reports on topics ranging from “Training for the Next Economy” to “The State of E-learning in the States.”
Thompson says he is looking forward to helping CASE further grow its research capabilities.
“I hope to provide the research and resources our members need while also helping CASE become the definitive source of information on trends and other statistics in the advancement industry,” he says.
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.