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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
May 20, 2014

CASE Announces 2014 Distinguished Service Award Winners

Four Individuals and a Foundation Recognized for Outstanding Service to Educational Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the 2014 recipients of its Distinguished Service Awards.

The annual awards honor individuals and organizations for extraordinary service to education and the field of educational advancement, which includes alumni relations, fundraising, communications and marketing.

CASE will recognize the five recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 14, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in New York City.

The 2014 CASE Distinguished Service Award winners are:

Susan K. FeaginSusan K. Feagin, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. During a career that has spanned four decades, Feagin has led three institutions—Columbia University, Harvard University and the University of Michigan—to new heights in fundraising and alumni relations excellence. In the 1990s, she oversaw Harvard's $2.1 billion campaign as director of university development. Then, from 1998 to 2002, her work helped set the stage for the University of Michigan's $2.5 billion campaign. Most recently, she served until 2010 as executive vice president for university development and alumni relations at Columbia. Her many accomplishments included overseeing the $6.1 billion Columbia Campaign and helping to create the Columbia Alumni Association. She now serves as a special adviser to Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger.

The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is supported by a contribution from the consulting firm Marts & Lundy.

Karen E. OsborneKaren E. Osborne, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. For 18 years of her 36-year career, Osborne distinguished herself as a fundraising practitioner through leadership positions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as chief advancement officer at Trinity College. During her career, she successfully managed several multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns. Now, as a consultant, Osborne provides counsel to numerous nonprofit organizations worldwide. Her commitment to the advancement profession is demonstrated by her long-time enthusiasm and dedication to teaching. During the past 28 years, she has chaired or served on the faculty of 55 separate CASE conferences—including 15 consecutive years on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising. For her dedication and dynamic instruction, she was awarded the CASE Crystal Apple for Teaching Excellence.

Pershing E. MacAllisterPershing E. MacAllister, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. For more than five decades, MacAllister has contributed exceptional volunteer service to Carroll University, his alma mater. In 1963, he joined the university's board of trustees and has served on the board ever since—working with 10 of the 14 presidents who have led Carroll through its 167-year history. In addition, he served as board chair for 17 years, led its advancement committee and has served as chairman or honorary chairman for every fundraising campaign in the last 30 years. He has made gifts to support classroom improvements, scholarships—including the prestigious MacAllister Fellowship—and the establishment of the P.E. and Becky MacAllister Chair in Religious and Biblical Studies. In addition, his contributions to the many campaigns and in support of other fundraising initiatives can be seen all over Carroll's campus in the spaces that bear his name—from MacAllister Hall to the MacAllister Board Room.

Eric NewellEric Newell, recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. Newell, a retired business executive with a stellar history of corporate leadership and achievement, has had a long-standing association with the University of Alberta. He served as chair of its board of governors from 1996 to 2002 and as its 18th chancellor from 2004 to 2008. Newell is well known for his successful and ongoing efforts to strengthen partnerships between education and business. He has encouraged Alberta businesses to work in partnership with educational institutions to develop scholarships for their students and strengthen the quality of their academic programs. In addition to his volunteerism, Newell has invested significant financial resources to help ensure the future success of the university. He has championed student excellence through the creation of a significant new academic scholarship in Native Studies and made the lead gift to support the creation of welcoming academic and social spaces for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at the university.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. For more than four decades, the Mellon Foundation has enriched liberal arts colleges, public and private research universities, and historically black colleges and universities through its generous grants program. The foundation has demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting both diversity and interdisciplinarity within higher education. In recent years, the foundation has awarded grants to many institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, to bolster research and teaching in the humanities. The Mellon Foundation also has supported building a culture of philanthropy at institutions such as Spelman College by funding challenge grants that support academic programs made vulnerable by the reduction or elimination of government support.

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