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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
July 14, 2014

CASE Membership Elects 12 Advancement Professionals to Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The membership of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education has elected 12 individuals to fill open positions on the CASE Board of Trustees. The 30-member board sets CASE policies, approves the annual budget and ensures sound management of the organization.

The results were announced during the annual membership meeting at the 2014 CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in New York City. The newly elected trustees are as follows:

Tracy Barlok, secretary. Tracy Barlok is vice president for development and alumni relations at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. She previously served as associate vice president for advancement at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Her nearly 30-year career in advancement began at her alma mater, Colgate University, where she held a series of positions in alumni relations and fundraising.

James T. Harris III, treasurer. James Harris is president of Widener University in Chester, Pa. He previously served as president of Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Harris has held numerous senior advancement positions, including vice president for advancement at Wright State University and vice president for advancement at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Donna Arbide, trustee-at-large and chair, Commission on Alumni Relations. Donna Arbide is associate vice president of alumni relations and individual giving at the University of Miami. She also serves as executive director of the UM Alumni Association. Arbide has worked at the University of Miami since 1986 where she has advanced through various positions in alumni relations and fundraising. She began her advancement career as associate director of institutional research and planning at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, her alma mater.

Robert Caldwell, District I trustee. Robert Caldwell is chief advancement officer at Holderness School in Holderness, N.H. He joined the school in 2005 as executive director for advancement and external relations. Previously, Caldwell served as assistant head of school, advancement and external relations, at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine. In addition to his advancement experience at independent schools, Caldwell has held positions in fundraising and alumni relations at Dartmouth College, Bucknell University, St. Lawrence University and St. Andrew's College.

Virginia Clark, trustee-at-large. Virginia Clark is director of advancement and philanthropic giving at the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to her position at the Smithsonian, she served as associate dean for external affairs at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania before becoming vice president for development and alumni relations.

Teresa Flannery, trustee-at-large and chair, Commission on Communications and Marketing. Teresa Flannery is vice president for communication at American University. Prior to her appointment at AU, Flannery built a nationally recognized higher education marketing and communications program at the University of Maryland as assistant vice president.

Sergio Gonzalez, trustee-at-large. Sergio Gonzalez is senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs at the University of Miami. Previously, he served as chief of staff for Miami-Dade County Executive Mayor Alex Penelas. He also served as director of Miami-Dade County Mayor's Office of Job Creation and Welfare-to-Work and was the executive director of South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee. Gonzalez was the initial executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

David Greenaway, trustee-at-large and chair, CASE Europe Board of Trustees. David Greenaway is vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham where he also serves as professor of economics. Greenaway became the institution's sixth vice-chancellor in 2008. Prior to this, he served as pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham for both research and infrastructure. He is currently a member of the UK government's Asia Task Force and its higher education task force.

John Gyllin, trustee-at-large. John Gyllin is executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State College. Prior to his current position, Gyllin served as vice president for advancement and executive director of the College Foundation for the College of Coastal Georgia. He also has held positions at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Fernando León García, trustee-at-large. Fernando León García is president of Centro de Enzeñanza Técnica y Superior, a private, multi-campus university system in Mexico commonly referred to as CETYS Universidad. He has held this position since 2010.León García previously served as chancellor of City University of Seattle's international division, where he oversaw programs, campuses and sites across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Before that, he served as chief academic officer of Apollo International as well as president of the University of Phoenix International. From 1974 to 2000 he held diverse positions at CETYS, including chief academic officer and provost.

Beth Smith, District IV trustee. Beth Smith is executive director of alumni relations at Arkansas State University. Smith joined the institution in 1992 as associate director and was appointed executive director in 1997.

Tracy Syler-Jones, trustee-at-large. Tracy Syler-Jones is vice chancellor of marketing and communication at Texas Christian University. Prior to joining TCU, she was the director of communications for Birmingham, Ala., YMCA.

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