Director of Communications
March 8, 2006
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named Rob Henry, former director of individual giving at Yale University, to the newly created position of executive director of emerging constituencies, a move designed to help CASE promote diversity within the advancement profession.
In this position, Henry will be responsible for promoting leadership and networking opportunities for diverse professionals through the Minority Advancement Institute and other new initiatives. CASE provides professional development, information and standards for fund raising, communications and alumni relations at schools, colleges and universities. Henry comes to CASE with more than 17 years of experience in management and development, and fund raising for diverse populations.
John Lippincott, president of CASE, called Henry's arrival an important opportunity for the organization.
"As key constituencies at educational institutions—including prospective students, alumni and donors—become more diverse, the campus representatives with whom they interact should reflect that diversity," Lippincott says. "Addressing this issue is a top priority for CASE, and Rob brings to the task the ideal set of characteristics. He is deeply passionate about the importance of diversity and inclusivity, he is highly knowledgeable about the field of advancement, and he has a demonstrated commitment to the mission of CASE."
At Yale, Henry developed and implemented a successful annual fund and major giving program for the School of Management. He has also served as assistant vice president of special and annual giving at the University of Connecticut Foundation.
Henry began his development career at Michigan State University, where he received the President's Award for Diversity for his work creating the African American Police Alliance program at the institution. In addition, he has taught classes on college and university campuses, served as a speaker for institutions and organizations, including CASE, throughout the United States, and served as a member of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy.
Henry holds a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Murray State University and a master's degree in communication and public address from Eastern Michigan University.
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.