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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Jan. 17, 2017

CASE Announces 2017 Recipients of Independent Schools Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the recipients of its 2017 Independent Schools Awards. 

CASE will recognize three individuals and one foundation for their commitment and service to independent school education at the 47th annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, which takes place Jan. 22-24 in Austin, Texas.

The 2017 award winners are:

Mary Kate Barnes, recipient of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession, their institutions and CASE. Barnes is director of advancement at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. During her 25-year-career with the school and as a CASE volunteer, Barnes has made many significant contributions to the advancement profession. In 1991, she joined Lawrenceville School as a capital gifts officer and was part of the fundraising team that secured more than $133 million for the Lawrenceville Leadership Campaign-one of the first school campaigns to exceed $100 million. Westminster School's Assistant Headmaster Ted Probert credits Barnes' efforts for much of the success of the campaign in his recommendation letter. Under Barnes' guidance, the alumni and development office has raised more than $570 million for the school and manages more than 100 events annually in the United States and internationally. In addition to her work with Lawrenceville School, Barnes is a long-time CASE volunteer who shares her knowledge as a faculty presenter at various CASE conferences. 

The Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation, recipient of the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term support of a corporation or foundation toward the advancement of independent schools. Established in 1998, the Kogod Family Foundation is a privately endowed, grant-making organization. Over the years, the foundation has provided millions of dollars in funding to numerous independent schools while cultivating personal relationships with many of these institutions. Specifically, the Kogods have been major supporters of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, the San Francisco Friends School and Sidwell Friends School. In 2002, the Kogod Family Foundation donated the Sidwell Friends School's first $1 million gift to The Faces of Friends Campaign. The foundation has also made significant gifts for higher education as well as important national organizations. Nominator Mary Carrasco, assistant head of school for advancement at Sidwell Friends School, noted in her nomination letter that Robert and Arlene Kogod and their foundation "are a national treasure." 

Jim Price, recipient of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors a trustee who has provided valuable, influential leadership to an educational institution. Price is a long-time volunteer and one of the most generous donors of St. Paul's School in Baltimore. His commitment to the school extends through several decades-as a student, alumnus, parent, grandparent, trustee, adviser, advocate and donor. His devotion to the growth and success of St. Paul's is exemplified through his continued active leadership roles, including two terms on the board of trustees and as an active emeritus since 1994. Throughout the years, Price has made more than 140 gifts totaling nearly $2.5 million in cash contributions and estate plans. Combined, his personal gifts and stewardship of others account for almost one-third of the school's $41 million endowment. As St. Paul's Headmaster David Faus noted in his recommendation letter, Price exemplifies the standard that members of the St. Paul's community strives to attain: "to serve thee as thou deserves,...to give and not to count the cost, ...to labor and not to ask for any reward." 

Jennifer D. Caswell, recipient of the Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a support staff member for providing long-term service to a school's advancement team. Caswell is assistant to the head of school at Renbrook School in West Hartford, Connecticut. She began her career at Renbrook in 1986 and has advanced through various positions, including development office gift recorder and manager of development information resources, to her current position. Her relationship with the school goes beyond her 31-year career. Caswell is not only a graduate of the school but her three daughters are also graduates and both her mother and grandmother worked as bookkeepers for the school. She is described as the "heart of the school" and "epitome of legacy." As Head of School Scott Hutchinson wrote in his nomination letter, the "school is in Jennifer Caswell's blood." 

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