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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
May 26, 2010

CASE Europe honours University of Edinburgh Principal with Leadership Award

LONDON—Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, was recently presented with the 2009 CASE Europe Leadership Award by Sir Duncan Rice, Principal Emeritus, University of Aberdeen, and Chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees.

Sir Duncan Rice and Sir Timothy O'Shea

(Left to right) Sir Duncan Rice, Chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees, congratulates Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, who recently received the 2009 CASE Europe Leadership Award.

Professor O'Shea received this honour in recognition of the "strong and visionary leadership he has demonstrated throughout his career," says Kate Hunter, Executive Director for CASE Europe.

"Sir Tim O'Shea is passionately committed to helping students gain access to a quality education and has worked assiduously to enhance the image of the institutions he has led by implementing development and marketing programmes," says Hunter. "In addition, he has sought support for institutions by instigating new relationships with donors and supporters in London."

In addition to his current position, Professor O'Shea has held leadership roles in higher education at the University of London, Gresham College and Open University.

In 2002, as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Professor O'Shea created the position of Vice Principal for Development, a move that was unprecedented in Europe at that time and signalled his commitment to development. In 2006, he announced the launch of Edinburgh's £350 million "Enlightenment in the 21st Century," the largest capital campaign in support of higher education in Scotland's history.

Sir Duncan Rice, Chair of the CASE Europe Board, notes that staff, colleagues and supporters talk of Professor O'Shea's leadership style as leading from the front.

"Within the advancement profession itself, Sir Tim has shown great support by encouraging his staff to play active leadership roles in our emerging community," Rice says. "He has spoken at several CASE conferences, and most recently, his development team facilitated a study visit to Edinburgh from development professionals in Africa. We are delighted to honour him with this award."


Professor Tim O'Shea

Professor O'Shea is recognized as an esteemed academic in the UK and the United States. His academic output, produced in collaboration with others and on topics relating to computer-based learning, artificial intelligence and mathematics education, includes 10 books, 22 television programmes and more than 100 journal articles.

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 nearly 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and non-profit organizations in more than 80 countries around the globe. This makes CASE one of the world's largest non-profit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 85,000 practitioners.

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.