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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017

CASE Announces 2018 Recipients of its Independent Schools Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the recipients of its 2018 Independent Schools Awards.

CASE will recognize three individuals and one foundation for their commitment and service to independent school education at the 48th annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, which takes place Jan. 21-23 in Anaheim, California.

The 2018 award winners are:

Nathan Follansbee, recipient of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession, their institutions and CASE. Follansbee is associate head for external relations where he oversees development and alumni and parent relations at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut. Following 11 years as an English teacher at Loomis, Follansbee began his advancement career as director of development for the school. Under his 17-year leadership, the school's fundraising team grew from six to 16 professionals and giving increased from $2.8 million to $14.8 million. In 2003, Follansbee left to serve as president of consulting firm Browning Associates Inc. He returned to Loomis in 2010, and under his stewardship, the school completed a centennial campaign, raising $131 million toward a $100 million goal, increased its annual fund from $2.8 million to $4.27 million, and set an alumni participation of 49 percent in the centennial year. Dedicated to CASE and its mission to advance educational programs nationwide, Follansbee has served as a faculty member at CASE conferences for independent schools for which he received a CASE Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Preston Athey, recipient of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors a trustee who has provided valuable, influential leadership to an educational institution. Athey is a long-time volunteer and generous supporter of The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. His commitment to the school extends through several decades-as a student, alumnus, trustee, adviser, advocate and donor. Athey's devotion to the growth and success of The Hill School is exemplified through his active leadership roles, including 15 years on the board of trustees during which he served as vice chair for two years and as chair since 2014. He also served as chair of the board's governance committee and vice chair of the executive and finance-investment budget committee. In addition to his volunteer roles, Athey is a generous donor and strong advocate of the school's $175 million comprehensive campaign-"The Strength of All." During fiscal years 2016 and 2017, Athey made nearly 200 personal visits with alumni and parents-traveling as far as Hong Kong-to promote the campaign and the school.

The Clarence T.C. Ching 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. Founded in 1967, the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation is now Hawaii's third-largest grant-making charitable foundation, and since its expansion in 2008, has contributed or pledged more than $75 million to educational and health institutions in the community.. Specifically, the foundation has contributed support over 16 years to the Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO Program at Punahou School, which partners with more than 80 public and independent schools to offer students with "high academic potential but with low economic opportunity" seven summers of enriched academic programs. The foundation has also made seven-figure grants to Hanahau‘oli School for its Center for Professional Development; Maryknoll School to help build the school's first gym; St. Louis School for its Center for Learning and Technology; Sacred Hearts School for its new student center. In its support to the wider community, the foundation has also helped build the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex at the University of Hawai‘i and made other defining gifts to community organizations across the state.

Evelyn Wilson, 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. Wilson is admissions process manager at Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama. She began her career at Randolph School in 1987 and has advanced through various positions, including upper school secretary, assistant to the head of school and admissions associate, to her current position. Her institutional knowledge, thanks to 30 years at the school, helps Randolph in its alumni and fundraising efforts. She is also recognized for her willingness to take on new tasks and learn new methods. As Director of Admissions Glynn Below wrote in her nomination letter, "We count on (Evie's) service daily and never take for granted her work ethic."

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