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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release

CASE Announces 2015 Circle of Excellence Award Winners

Institutions Worldwide Recognized for Best Practices in Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2015 Circle of Excellence awards.

The international competition honors outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at colleges, universities, independent schools and affiliated nonprofits.

The competition received 3,227 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories from more than 720 higher education institutions, independent schools and affiliated organizations located worldwide.

Peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as professionals from outside of education judged the entries and awarded 307 awards: 93 bronze; 106 silver, 91 gold and 17 grand gold.

CASE is also pleased to recognize the inaugural winners of its Platinum Categories, a collaboration between CASE and its eight districts to spotlight outstanding programs, practices and publications in North America. The six platinum winners were chosen among finalists recognized by their districts.

A list of award winners from the current year's competition is available at www.case.org/circle. Judges' reports, which outline the strengths and weaknesses of each category and why particular entries were chosen for recognition, are also posted on the website.

"I am pleased that a record number of participating institutions from around the globe were willing to share their best programs, practices and publications with the field," says Brian Flahaven, director of recognition programs. "Institutional leaders worldwide are recognizing the impact that advancement professionals have on their institution—whether it involves organizing an event, reaching out to alumni, re-imagining a website or approaching a major donor—and the Circle of Excellence Awards help showcase the outstanding work these professionals are doing each day to help advance their institutions."

Made up of several of CASE's long-time recognition programs, the Circle of Excellence awards program, in its present configuration, was introduced in 1994.

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