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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
May 1, 2017

Beloved CASE Employee and Volunteer Michael Kiser Passes Away

WASHINGTON, DC —Sue Cunningham, president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, announced today that Michael Kiser, vice president of marketing and communications for the association, passed away on Saturday, April 29, after a brief, but intense battle with cancer.

"On behalf of CASE and its staff, it is with deep sorrow that I share this sad news with members, colleagues and friends around the world," Cunningham said. "Michael's courage and positive spirit since his diagnosis was truly inspiring. We will miss him immensely."

Cunningham noted that while Michael had been a CASE employee for just under a year, he made an enormous impact during this time and "set in motion ideas and plans from which CASE and its members will benefit for years to come."

"He arrived during a critical stage of our strategic planning process and was key to shaping the vision for the future of CASE-an organization that he cared deeply about," Cunningham added. "And as we began the implementation of a bold set of goals, Michael helped all of us crystallize and communicate the journey. He was a trusted and cherished colleague whose passion, intellect and dedication-and delightful sense of humor-will be sorely missed, but not forgotten."

Michael joined CASE as vice president of marketing and communications in May 2016, coming from Lafayette College, where he was vice president of marketing and communications. Prior to joining Lafayette, Michael served as vice president for communications at Colby College and director of development communications at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, after beginning his career in education at Randolph Macon Woman's College. He earned a bachelor's degree at Wabash College and a master's degree at Purdue University.

As an active and dedicated CASE volunteer, Michael served in recent years on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing, as chair of the CASE Campaign Communications Conference and the Institute for Senior Communications and Marketing Professionals, and as a judge of CASE international and regional competitions in websites and social media programs.

"Michael's contributions to the profession and to CASE simply cannot be overstated," Cunningham said. "Whilst this news is tragic in so many ways, we are all good and better for having known Michael."

More details about Michael are shared in this obituary.

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