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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
June 14, 2017

CASE Announces 2017 Circle of Excellence Award Recipients

Institutions Worldwide Recognized for Best Practices in Educational Advancement

WASHINGTON, DC — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2017 Circle of Excellence awards.

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

The program received 3,364 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories from 715 higher education institutions, independent schools and affiliated organizations located worldwide. More than 50 entries were considered for the CASE Platinum Categories.

Peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as professionals from outside of education judged the entries and awarded 366 awards to more than 200 institutions in 11 countries as follows: 118 bronze; 125 silver, 107 gold and 16 grand gold. In addition, CASE recognized six platinum winners.

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.

Sue Cunningham, president and CEO of CASE, says 2017 was the most competitive year ever for the awards program that recognizes outstanding achievement in educational advancement.

"Honorees come from all institution types and sizes, reflecting the depth of talent and ingenuity throughout CASE-member institutions," Cunningham says. "These awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and deliver exceptional results. We salute the winners and thank everyone for their vital contributions to advancing education that transforms lives and society."

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.

About CASE

CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

CASE has offices in Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Mexico City. Member institutions include more than 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 82 countries. CASE serves nearly 88,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, please visit www.case.org.