Director of Communications
For Immediate Release
Jan. 22, 2014
John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), has announced that he will retire from the post in January 2015, following 11 years leading the association.
Lippincott is CASE's ninth president. Named to the position in 2004, he is the longest serving president in the organization's 40-year history.
Lippincott joined the CASE staff in 1999 as vice president for communications and marketing. Immediately prior to his arrival at CASE, he served for 12 years as associate vice chancellor for advancement at the University System of Maryland.
Brian Lee, chair of the CASE Board of Trustees and vice president for development and institute relations at California Institute of Technology, said Lippincott has had a profound impact on CASE as well as the advancement profession worldwide.
"Under John's leadership and stewardship," Lee said, "CASE has increased institutional membership to record levels, expanded its footprint into more than 80 countries and provided tailored research, products and services to meet the specific advancement needs of independent schools, community colleges and four-year institutions with both emerging and well-established programs."
"His dedication and commitment to grow the profession and foster support of education through CASE have given those of us who work in advancement the tools to strengthen our relationships with alumni, prospective donors, parents, government officials, community leaders and other constituencies," Lee added.
Lippincott explained that his decision to retire from the presidency "is driven by the firm belief that organizations like CASE benefit from fresh leadership every decade or so." He also noted that, "thanks to the hard work of an extraordinarily dedicated staff and a remarkable cadre of volunteers, CASE is currently in a very strong position to welcome a new leader committed to taking the organization to the next level of service to our members."
"In the 21st century, the advancement profession is playing an increasingly complex and strategic role in shaping the future of educational institutions," Lippincott said. "At CASE, we must continuously improve our programs and services to ensure they are relevant to this critically important and rapidly changing set of management responsibilities."
During his tenure, Lippincott has traveled extensively on behalf of the organization, promoting the field of advancement, strengthening relationships with CASE members and volunteers, speaking to leaders in education and government, and forging productive partnerships with related organizations.
He has also led efforts to increase the effectiveness of CASE's internal management and its governance procedures. Among the association's significant milestones and achievements under his leadership:
Institutional membership—CASE has grown to become one of the world's largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership. Over the past decade, membership has increased 20 percent to more than 3,650 schools, colleges and universities in more than 80 countries.
International operations—In 2007, CASE founded CASE Asia-Pacific with offices in Singapore and in 2011 launched CASE América Latina based in Mexico City. CASE Europe, which began in 1994, doubled its membership over the last decade. In addition, CASE has worked to develop the advancement profession in Africa with grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Individual member engagement—More than 26,000 advancement professionals are now participating in CASE conferences or webinars each year. Tens of thousands more are active users of CASE's publications and other resources designed to enhance their professional skills. In addition, CASE directly engages more than 4,500 individual members annually in helping guide the development of the organization and deliver services to the profession.
Research activities—To promote best practice and accountability in advancement, CASE currently conducts approximately 20 surveys and research studies a year. The association created a benchmarking toolkit that enables communities of practice to compare performance metrics and has partnered with other organizations to conduct research on topics such as the uses of social media in institutional advancement.
Advocacy for the profession—CASE has strengthened its efforts to promote public and institutional policies that support the work of advancement professionals and increase the culture of philanthropy around the world. Recent advocacy efforts have focused on preserving the charitable tax deduction in the U.S. and gift aid in the UK.
Technology in service to members—Over the last decade, CASE has deployed current technologies to enhance and extend its services to members. The CASE website includes more than 16,900 pages of advancement-related content with 1.4 million visits per year. Nearly 40,000 advancement professionals are involved in CASE social media sites and more than 47,000 participate in online communities.
Financial position—During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, CASE recorded its highest operating revenues in its nearly 40-year history and is currently on track to exceed that record in the current fiscal year. Net assets of the organization have more than quadrupled over the last decade.
The CASE Board of Trustees has established a search committee to lead an international recruitment process for Lippincott's successor. The committee comprises eight sitting trustees, headed by the president and CEO of the Oregon State University Foundation, Mike Goodwin. With the assistance of an executive search firm (still to be identified), the committee expects to launch the presidential search in late March.
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.