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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Jan. 27, 2008

CASE Names 2008 Independent Schools Award Winners

NASHVILLE, TENN.-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2008 Independent Schools Awards. The recipients-three individuals and one foundation-were selected for their commitment and service to primary and secondary independent school education.

The awards will be presented today during the opening ceremonies of the 38th annual CASE•NAIS Independent Schools Conference being held Jan. 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn.

The four award winners are:

  • Terry Eagle, director of leadership gifts at Cate School in Carpinteria, Calif. Eagle is the recipient of this year's Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession and their institutions. During 31 years working at Cate, Eagle has served with distinction as a teacher and coach and as a school administrator. He also has made a significant impact through his work in alumni affairs and development. In addition to training volunteers across the country, Eagle has helped lead three major capital and endowment campaigns and was instrumental in helping boost alumni engagement to unprecedented levels.
  • Campbell Steward, member of the board of trustees at Fay School in Southborough, Mass. Steward is this year's winner of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors a trustee who has provided exceptional leadership to an institution. Steward has led with distinction in countless ways at Fay School, which is the nation's oldest junior boarding school. He has served on the board for nearly 50 years, including 12 years as board president, and has personally contributed nearly $2 million to support a range of school initiatives. According to current school administrators, the success of Fay School is due in large part to Steward's vision, dedication and generosity.
  • Linda Brown, administrative assistant at the Cathedral School in New York, N.Y. Brown is the recipient of this year's Support Staff Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes exceptional commitment to a school by a member of the support staff. Brown has served as administrative assistant and receptionist at the Cathedral School for 25 years. During this time, she has dispensed encouragement, guidance and band-aids (as de facto school nurse) to generations of students. Brown's integrity, determination to maintain the highest standards and successful efforts to create a sense of community have helped strengthen the ties between the school and its alumni.
  • The MCJ/Amelior Foundation of Morristown, N.J. The MCJ/Amelior Foundation is the winner of the John R. Chandler Award, recognizing the long-term support of a corporation or foundation to independent schools. The foundation was nominated for the honor by Morristown-Beard School, one of many schools in New Jersey that the foundation has supported during its 25-year history. The foundation is a long-time supporter of the school's financial aid program. A collaboration between the foundation and the Morristown-Beard School has led to a 76 percent increase in school admission applications among inner-city applicants.

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

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.

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.