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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2009

CASE, Commonfund Announce 2009 IRF Award Recipients

Foundation Leaders at Wichita State University, Southern Illinois University Named

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Two widely respected educational foundation leaders have been named the 2009 recipients of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation award for their extraordinary contributions and long-time support of their foundations and the overall profession.

Institutionally related foundations are private, nonprofit corporations that cultivate and manage private resources to support the missions of the colleges, universities and university systems with which they are affiliated.

The award recipients are Elizabeth King, president and chief executive officer of Wichita State University Foundation, and Rickey McCurry, vice-chancellor, institutional advancement and chief executive officer of Southern Illinois University Foundation. King and McCurry will be honored March 25 during ceremonies at the 17th Annual Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Elizabeth KingKing has overseen a number of successes at Wichita State University Foundation during her 18-year tenure with the foundation. These include an overall growth in assets from $59 million to $196 million, an endowment that has more than tripled in size since 1993, and an increase from $7 million to $22 million in the average amount raised annually. In addition to overseeing a number of successful campaigns, King is a regular contributor within the IRF sector, offering her expertise at various training seminars and conferences. Prior to joining Wichita State University, King served as vice president for university advancement at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and as associate vice president of institutional advancement at Collin County Community College District in Plano, Texas. King has more than 30 years of advancement experience at the community college and university level.

Rickey McCurryMcCurry has been with Southern Illinois University Foundation since 2000. Under his leadership, the university has grown its endowment from $42 million to $85 million and completed its first comprehensive campaign, beating its $100 million goal by $6 million. McCurry is credited with building a strong relationship between Southern Illinois University and the foundation, which has created stronger teamwork between departments and a broader understanding of fundraising. He has also worked closely with the university's board and encouraged members to interact with foundation directors to identify best practices. Prior to joining Southern Illinois University, McCurry served as associate vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs, and campaign director at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has been in the advancement profession for 25 years.

The awards are underwritten by Commonfund, a nonprofit corporation with more than 1,800 members and more than $40 billion in assets under management. Commonfund provides fund management services and investment advice to educational institutions, hospitals, foundations and other nonprofits.

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