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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
Jan. 14, 2013

CASE Announces Winners of 2013 Independent Schools Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the recipients of its 2013 Independent Schools Awards. Three individuals and one foundation were selected for their commitment and service to primary and secondary independent school education.

The recipients were honored Jan.14 during an awards presentation at the annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference in Washington, D.C.

The 2013 award winners are:

Sherwood C. Haskins Jr.Sherwood C. Haskins Jr., recipient of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession, their institutions and CASE. Haskins is assistant head of school for external affairs at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass. As assistant head of school for BB&N, Haskins has led successful capital campaigns that have raised $27.5 million and $69 million respectively. Prior to this, Haskins held leadership advancement positions at Kimball Union Academy and Phillips Exeter Academy. Key accomplishments during his 30-year career include:

  • Increasing alumni participation at Phillips Exeter Academy from 44 percent to 52 percent
  • Overseeing a 56 percent increase in the annual fund at Phillips Exeter Academy and grew its planned giving program from $200,000 a year to a record-breaking $4 million a year
  • Securing BB&N's first million-dollar gifts with commitments of $5 million, $7 million and $10 million
  • Growing BB&N's annual fund from $499,000 to more than $2.5 million

In addition to his work for the three schools, Haskins has served as a mentor for many educational fundraisers and is a strong supporter of the CASE-NAIS Independent Schools conference, author of numerous pieces for CASE publications and recipient of the Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

Frances Plimpton PughFrances Plimpton Pugh, recipient of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors trustees for providing exceptional leadership to an institution. Pugh has been a supporter of the Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C., for more than 45 years. Currently, she is serving her 44th year on the school's board of trustees. She is also vice chair of the board and chair of the advancement committee and serves on the finance, building and grounds and executive committees. During the1960s, Pugh and her husband led a group of parents in purchasing the land where the school now sits, enabling it to move from downtown Raleigh and expand from an elementary school to a K-12 institution. Pugh has led and supported every development plan and campaign since the establishment of the new campus. In addition to her leadership, Pugh has been a strong financial supporter of the institution and has served as a mentor for many trustees and volunteers.

Brenda JanowitzBrenda Janowitz, recipient of the Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes a support staff member for long-term service to an independent school's advancement team. Janowitz is a senior advancement administrator at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, Calif. Colleagues credit her attention to detail as a key reason for the school's ability to consistently surpass its annual giving and capital fundraising campaign goals. Nominators say Janowitz executes her responsibilities-from mail, database and budget management to nurturing relationships with donors, parents and volunteers-with precision and warmth.

The Longwood FoundationThe Longwood Foundation, recipient of the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term support of a corporation or foundation on independent schools. The Longwood Foundation, located in Wilmington, Del., was founded in 1937 by American industrialist and philanthropist Pierre S. DuPont. Since then, the foundation has made more than $2 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve people, the environment and communities in Delaware and southern Chester County in Pennsylvania. The foundation has also made generous gifts to independent, Catholic, Montessori and other schools and recently began supporting public and charter schools in the region.

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