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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
December 1, 2017

CASE Appoints Widener University’s Senior Fundraiser as Vice President, Development

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education announced today the appointment of Linda Durant, a seasoned educational fundraiser and long-time CASE volunteer, to the newly crafted role of vice president of development, effective Feb. 5, 2018

In her role at CASE, Durant will be responsible for setting fundraising priorities, identifying partnership opportunities and devising strategies to secure funding for new services, products and opportunities for CASE members. In addition, she will be a member of the executive leadership team which guides the strategic direction of CASE.

Durant comes to CASE from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, where she has served as senior vice president for university advancement since 2003. Her accomplishments while at Widener University include completing the largest campaign in the institution's history and closing its largest-ever gift in support of the institution's goals to endow student aid, ensure faculty excellence, support new program initiatives and meet capital project objectives. Prior to this role, Durant was vice president for institutional advancement for Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. A seasoned professional with nearly 30 years in advancement, Durant began her career as a teacher.

Durant is a long-time volunteer of CASE, having served on the CASE Board of Trustees and chair of CASE Districts I and II. She is also a frequent presenter at CASE conferences and author of several articles in Currents, CASE's flagship publication. In addition, Durant was named CASE Professional of the Year by CASE District II in 2015.

CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham says Durant's professional accomplishments as well as her contributions to CASE are "most remarkable."

"Linda is a widely respected advancement professional who has consistently demonstrated an immense commitment to the advancement of education," says Cunningham. "I am excited to have her join CASE to take up this new and critical position for the association, helping to build our philanthropic and corporate engagement activities for the benefit of our members in advancing education. Linda has the rare distinction of having served as chair of two CASE district boards, and she also served on the CASE Commission on Philanthropy and on the CASE Summit planning team."

Durant says she is delighted to serve CASE in this new capacity and is eager for the opportunity to help extend the growth and impact of CASE through strong engagement and philanthropy efforts.

"CASE has been an invaluable resource for me throughout my 30-year advancement career," Durant says. "And while I have been a dedicated volunteer for most of those years, I am looking forward to advancing the profession and the important work that CASE does through this new role and under the leadership of President Cunningham."

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.