Director of Communications
Jan. 29, 2006
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2006 Independent Schools Awards. The recipients—three individuals and one corporation—were selected for their extraordinary commitment to primary and independent education.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2006 Independent Schools Awards. The recipients-three individuals and one corporation-were selected for their extraordinary commitment to primary and independent education.
The awards will be presented today during the opening ceremonies of the 36th annual CASE•NAIS Independent Schools Conference being held Jan. 29-31 in Chicago.
The four award winners are:
David Dini, assistant headmaster for external affairs at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. Dini is this year's recipient of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which salutes a school advancement professional for dedication to an institution and profession. Dini has extensive experience in independent school advancement, most notably at St. Mark's School of Texas, where he served eight years as director of external affairs before being appointed assistant headmaster of external affairs in 2002. During his 17 years in development, Dini has managed successful capital campaigns at three independent schools. The most recent raised more than $51 million toward an initial goal of $40 million.
Carolyn Goodman, chair of the board of trustees for The Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nev. Goodman is the recipient of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors a trustee who has provided exceptional leadership to his or her institution. Goodman is one of the founders of The Meadows School, the first independent pre-K through 12 school in Las Vegas. During the past 28 years, Goodman has helped plan and build a solid foundation of support for The Meadows School, which is nearing completion of a $30 million, 43-acre campus. The school has been recognized as a model for independent schools in Nevada.
Miriam Kenney, special events coordinator for The Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. Kenney is this year's winner of the Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exceptional commitment to a school by a member of the support staff. Kenney has a long history of dedication and support to The Wheeler School. Kenney first came to Wheeler as a kindergarten student in 1940. Since then, she has served as alumni president, trustee and, since 1976, a member of the staff.
Bon Secours Richmond Health System of Richmond, Va., is the winner of the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term contributions of a corporation or foundation to independent schools. Bon Secours was nominated by Saint Gertrude High School for its long-time support of the school, providing printing resources, educational opportunities for students, parents and faculty, and scholarships.
John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, says the 2006 award winners have all made extraordinary contributions to their schools and, by extension, to students and to the independent school sector.
"Their service to independent schools makes these institutions stronger and more dynamic and ensures that they will endure for the generations of students to come," says Lippincott.
Recipients of the CASE Independent Schools Awards are selected from a national pool of nominees. The awards honor individuals and corporations or foundations for their commitment to primary and secondary education. Winners receive a Steuben crystal and are recognized by their peers at the CASE•NAIS Independent Schools Conference held each year in January.
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 82 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 74,000 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.
The National Association of Independent Schools represents about 1,300 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. NAIS's mission is to serve and strengthen member schools and associations by articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behavior; to work to preserve their independence to serve the democratic society from which that independence derives; and to advocate broad access for students by affirming the principles of diversity, choice, and opportunity.