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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Oct. 5, 2015

CASE Announces Agreement to Acquire University of Washington’s DRIVE/ Conference

Successful Conference Joins CASE Programming Offerings on Data Management

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced an agreement with the University of Washington to acquire the university's DRIVE/ Conference, an annual gathering of IT and data professionals from education, commercial and nonprofit organizations to discuss emerging trends in data management.

The first conference under CASE's management will take place May 17-18, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue near Seattle, Washington.

The University of Washington launched the DRIVE/ Conference, which stands for Data, Reporting, Information, Visualization, Exchange, in October 2011. Since then, the conference has seen continued growth in registration and sponsorships.

Chris Sorensen, a member of the University of Washington's advancement team and creator of DRIVE/, says the university approached CASE because of its expertise in conference programming and its capacity to continue the program's growth and expansion globally.

"The staff at the University of Washington has done an outstanding job of managing and planning this conference for four years," Sorensen says. "DRIVE/ serves an impressive community of data professionals from around the globe and the opportunity for DRIVE/ to join the impressive lineup of CASE conferences made perfect sense. We couldn't be more thrilled."

CASE President Sue Cunningham says she is pleased that the University of Washington sought out CASE and sees the conference as a fitting addition to the organization's professional development offerings.

"I want to thank the University of Washington for its generosity in creating this opportunity for CASE," says Cunningham. "We are thrilled to add the DRIVE/ Conference to our expanding portfolio of conferences. Decisions informed by data are key components to success in all areas of advancement, and our valued colleagues in advancement services are essential drivers in that process. We see the DRIVE conference as an important addition to our programs and products for advancement services professionals or anyone else who is eager to better leverage data for institutional success."

CASE currently offers more than 220 in-person and online conferences and workshops each year to meet the diverse needs of advancement professionals worldwide. Advancement encompasses the work of advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and allied professionals who build relationships that contribute to the success of schools, colleges and universities.

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