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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
April 10, 2015

CASE Announces 2015 Distinguished Service Award Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the 2015 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 13, 2015, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in Chicago.

The 2015 CASE Distinguished Service Award winners are:

John K. MartinJohn K. Martin, recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. During a career that spans nearly 50 years, Martin has managed complex university operations, including fundraising, government relations, communications, marketing and alumni programs, and led two university foundations—the University of Maryland Foundation and the University of Connecticut Foundation. His many accomplishments include guiding the UConn Foundation to become one of the most robust programs among public universities with annual support at $62 million per year on average and an endowment of more than $475 million. Martin has also served as a leader in the advancement profession through his work with CASE as a two-term treasurer for the association's board of trustees and key contributor to the development of CASE's Institutionally Related Foundation program. He continues to serve as mentor to many advancement professionals through his leadership role at CASE and as president emeritus with the UConn Foundation. The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award is supported by a contribution from the consulting firm Marts & Lundy.

Douglas S. DibbertDouglas S. Dibbert, recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. Following a 10-year career serving two congressmen and a senator on Capitol Hill, Dibbert returned to his alma mater in 1982 to lead the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association. A recognized leader in educational alumni relations, he is a long-time champion of the value of alumni involvement in institutional decision-making and has used his Capitol Hill background to help facilitate discussions between legislators and campus leaders on various matters, including public support. Dibbert's commitment to the profession is demonstrated through his long-time volunteer work for CASE as chair of the CASE Board of Trustees, chair of its Commission on Alumni Relations and founding member of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees. He has also served as president of the Council of Alumni Association Executives, founding member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, faculty member of numerous CASE conferences and author of many book chapters and columns on alumni relations and the advancement profession.

James A. SternJames A. Stern, recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. For more than 30 years, Stern has been an active volunteer of his alma mater, Tufts University. At the age of 32, he became the youngest person ever elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees and went on to hold numerous leadership roles, including board chair from 2003 to 2013. Stern's leadership in fundraising has played an influential role in Tufts' growth during the last three decades from a small, relatively regional institution to a prestigious and internationally recognized research university. In addition to his volunteer service, Stern supports the institution through generous gifts to the annual fund each year and has endowed three professorships at the university and established endowed funds to provide financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students. Stern currently serves as chair and founder of the Cypress Group, a New York-based private equity firm that manages funds in excess of $4 billion.

Pat SisbarroPat Sisbarro, recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. Sisbarro is a long-time supporter of New Mexico State University. Leadership roles include serving a three-year term on the President's Associates board of directors, which raises money to support scholarships for outstanding students. For the past eight years, she has served as co-chair of the Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink, a campaign that has raised more than $3.5 million to support research programs at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. Proceeds from all events associated with the campaign have been dedicated to an endowment (more than $1.5 million) at New Mexico State University that supports cancer research programs. In addition, Sisbarro served on the board of the American Southwest Theatre Company for NMSU for eight years. Earlier this year, Sisbarro and her husband established the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Current Use Fund to enable New Mexico State University to fund critical projects in a timely manner during the next five years.

Roe and Penny StampsThe Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Inc., recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. Established in 1986 by Roe and Penny Stamps, the foundation partners with educational institutions to provide scholarships and fellowships for hardworking and talented students throughout the country. The foundation created merit scholarship programs in 2006 at the Stamps' alma maters—the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology—and soon expanded to provide similar programs at other universities and colleges. At the University of Virginia, the Stamps Scholarship program supports both undergraduate and graduate students—the Darden School of Business is the only graduate program supported by the program. By the fall of 2014, there were more than 580 active and 150 graduated Stamps Scholars representing more than 40 different institutions throughout the United States. In addition to investments made through their foundation, Penny and Roe Stamps are also active volunteers at their alma maters.

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