director of communications
For Immediate Release
April 9, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Krista Slade, executive director of CASE Asia-Pacific since its founding in 2007, is stepping down to accept a position as inaugural director of advancement for the Rhodes Trust. The trust administers the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, an international program that sends young leaders to attend the University of Oxford.
Slade, who leaves CASE at the end of May and begins her new responsibilities in August, will help build a global initiative to connect Rhodes Scholar alumni and attract philanthropic support for the endowment.
"It has been an honor working with CASE's amazingly diverse community of members and visiting institutions in 10 different countries over the past three years," Slade said. "While the decision to leave CASE was very difficult, I made it knowing that CASE Asia-Pacific will flourish thanks to our dedicated members and staff."
CASE President John Lippincott credited Slade for growing membership in the region by 45 percent in three years and for launching the first CASE Asia-Pacific institutes in alumni relations and educational fundraising.
"Krista has laid a very solid foundation for CASE Asia-Pacific through her active outreach to current and prospective members at schools, colleges and universities," Lippincott said. "She has developed exceptional training programs and a strong online presence, and she has shared her own advancement expertise with practitioners and institutional leaders.
"We knew when we made the commitment to establish an office in the region that we needed someone with vision, unlimited energy and an entrepreneurial spirit to lead it," he added. "We found all of those characteristics in Krista. Thanks to her leadership, CASE Asia-Pacific is thriving, and we look forward to continuing our growth and service to members in the region in the years ahead."
Joanna Motion, CASE vice president for international operations, said that a search for Slade's permanent successor (see job posting) will begin immediately and that an interim director of CASE Asia-Pacific will be appointed shortly.
"Krista has taken CASE Asia-Pacific from an idea to a full-fledged initiative, establishing the office, hiring staff, and defining and offering services that help our members do their important work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing," Motion said. "Given her achievement, the next executive director will be well-positioned to build CASE's presence in the region to a new level of effectiveness."
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 3,600 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 76 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 70,000 advancement professionals 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.