director of communications
For Immediate Release
Oct. 3, 2011
Washington, D.C. -The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has named Amir Pasic to the position of vice president for international operations, effective Dec. 5, 2011.
CASE is a nonprofit membership association that helps schools, colleges and universities build and strengthen their programs in fundraising, alumni relations, communications, marketing and related fields. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CASE has regional offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City that support the ongoing operations of CASE Europe, CASE Asia-Pacific and CASE América Latina.
As vice president for international operations, Pasic will oversee the regional offices, providing strategic leadership for their continued growth and development while ensuring effective coordination and collaboration with CASE headquarters. Pasic will also be responsible for identifying opportunities and funding sources for delivery of CASE services outside the United States.
Pasic comes to CASE from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he currently serves as associate dean for development and strategic planning. At SAIS, he has been responsible for fundraising, alumni relations, strategic planning and branding initiatives for campuses in Washington, Bologna and Nanjing.
Prior to joining SAIS, he was deputy vice president for advancement at George Washington University (GWU), where his responsibilities included evaluating and expanding the advancement office's international efforts. At GWU, he also served as interim head of advancement data services and executive director of corporate and foundation relations.
Pasic's previous positions include serving as foundation specialist at the Library of Congress and deputy director for the world security project at the Rockefeller Brothers fund. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Yale, a master's in international relations from SAIS, and a doctorate in political science from University of Pennsylvania. Born to a Bosnian father and Croatian mother, he attended American schools in Iran and Austria and is conversant in five languages.
CASE President John Lippincott said Pasic "brings to CASE an ideal combination of professional expertise in the field of educational advancement and management experience with international organizations."
"Amir will be an enormous asset to CASE as we continue to strengthen and broaden our support for schools, colleges and universities around the globe," Lippincott said. "He will also help us leverage CASE's international scope to benefit all member institutions, including those in the U.S.
"As educational institutions have become increasingly global in their aspirations, educational advancement has become an increasingly global profession," he added. "Very much a citizen of the world, Amir will help us ensure that it is truly a profession without borders."
Pasic said he looks forward to being "part of a highly dedicated community of volunteers and staff who are energizing communities in support of education."
"CASE has led the way in showing how advancement can provide the fuel for excellence in new contexts," he said. "As education becomes even more global, CASE is positioned to build on its already prominent role supporting educational institutions and sharing expertise across borders. It is an exciting time to advance the CASE mission and I feel privileged to be joining the team."
Pasic replaces Joanna Motion, who became CASE's first vice president for international operations in 2003 and stepped down from the position on Sept. 9, 2011.
"Joanna Motion leaves a remarkable legacy of promoting CASE's growth around the world," Lippincott said. "It is a great tribute to her that we have been able to attract someone of Amir's caliber to build on that legacy."
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.