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Jan. 29, 2006

CASE Names 2006 Independent Schools Award Winners

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2006 Independent Schools Awards. The recipients—three individuals and one corporation—were selected for their extraordinary commitment to primary and independent education.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2006 Independent Schools Awards. The recipients-three individuals and one corporation-were selected for their extraordinary commitment to primary and independent education.

The awards will be presented today during the opening ceremonies of the 36th annual CASE•NAIS Independent Schools Conference being held Jan. 29-31 in Chicago.

The four award winners are:

Dave Dini: 2006 Robert Bell Crow Memorial WinnerDavid Dini, assistant headmaster for external affairs at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. Dini is this year's recipient of the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which salutes a school advancement professional for dedication to an institution and profession. Dini has extensive experience in independent school advancement, most notably at St. Mark's School of Texas, where he served eight years as director of external affairs before being appointed assistant headmaster of external affairs in 2002. During his 17 years in development, Dini has managed successful capital campaigns at three independent schools. The most recent raised more than $51 million toward an initial goal of $40 million.

Carolyn Goodman: 2006 Seymour Preston Award Winner Carolyn Goodman, chair of the board of trustees for The Meadows School in Las Vegas, Nev. Goodman is the recipient of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors a trustee who has provided exceptional leadership to his or her institution. Goodman is one of the founders of The Meadows School, the first independent pre-K through 12 school in Las Vegas. During the past 28 years, Goodman has helped plan and build a solid foundation of support for The Meadows School, which is nearing completion of a $30 million, 43-acre campus. The school has been recognized as a model for independent schools in Nevada.

Miriam Graves Kenney: 2006 Support Staff Distinguished Service Award WinnerMiriam Kenney, special events coordinator for The Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. Kenney is this year's winner of the Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exceptional commitment to a school by a member of the support staff. Kenney has a long history of dedication and support to The Wheeler School. Kenney first came to Wheeler as a kindergarten student in 1940. Since then, she has served as alumni president, trustee and, since 1976, a member of the staff.

Bon Secours: 2006 John R. Chandler Award Winner Bon Secours Richmond Health System of Richmond, Va., is the winner of the John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term contributions of a corporation or foundation to independent schools. Bon Secours was nominated by Saint Gertrude High School for its long-time support of the school, providing printing resources, educational opportunities for students, parents and faculty, and scholarships.

John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, says the 2006 award winners have all made extraordinary contributions to their schools and, by extension, to students and to the independent school sector.

"Their service to independent schools makes these institutions stronger and more dynamic and ensures that they will endure for the generations of students to come," says Lippincott.

Recipients of the CASE Independent Schools Awards are selected from a national pool of nominees. The awards honor individuals and corporations or foundations for their commitment to primary and secondary education. Winners receive a Steuben crystal and are recognized by their peers at the CASE•NAIS Independent Schools Conference held each year in January.

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About NAIS
The National Association of Independent Schools represents about 1,300 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. NAIS's mission is to serve and strengthen member schools and associations by articulating and promoting high standards of educational quality and ethical behavior; to work to preserve their independence to serve the democratic society from which that independence derives; and to advocate broad access for students by affirming the principles of diversity, choice, and opportunity.