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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release

CASE Names 2010 Independent Schools Award Winners

NEW YORK-The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the recipients of its 2010 Independent Schools Awards. The four individuals and one foundation were selected for their commitment and service to primary and secondary independent school education.

They will be honored during an awards presentation Jan. 25 at the 40th annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference, which takes place Jan. 24-26 in New York City.

The four award winners are:

Carrie Levenson-Wahl, director of external affairs, at the International School of Paris. Levenson-Wahl is the recipient of this year's Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which recognizes advancement professionals for dedication to the profession, their institutions and CASE. For 26 years, she has played a key role in independent school advancement both in the United States and Europe. Noted accomplishments include her ground-breaking success in establishing a thriving development program at the International School of Paris and tireless commitment to nurturing a culture of giving among European independent schools. She has served with distinction as a member of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees, as an expert speaker at numerous conferences and as author of articles on independent school advancement.

Jane Batten and Frank Batten, trustee emeritus of Culver Academies in Culver, Ind. Jane and the late Frank Batten are the 2010 recipients of the Seymour Preston Award, which honors trustees for providing exceptional leadership to an institution. Batten, a former newspaper publisher and founder of the Weather Channel, became a trustee of Culver in 1985 and continued to serve as trustee and then trustee emeritus for the next 24 years. The Battens have made a number of gifts to the school, most notably in 2009, when they made a $20 million gift to support faculty salaries and a $50 million matching gifts program. When the school realizes the full benefits of the matching gifts program, the Battens will have contributed more than $100 million to Culver.

Dorothy Elkins, alumni relations research assistant and secretary to the board of the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn. Elkins 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. Elkins has been a member of the Webb School staff for 52 years. During this time, she has served as secretary for six heads of school and secretary of the board. She currently works in the school's alumni office, where she is responsible for researching lost alumni, handling various alumni requests and overseeing personal touches, such as birthday and condolence cards. She is seen as an invaluable resource in the alumni office for her historic perspective, record keeping and sense of continuity.

Malone Family Foundation of Englewood, Colo. The Malone Foundation is the recipient of the 2010 John R. Chandler Award, which recognizes the long-term support of a corporation or foundation to independent schools. Through its Malone Scholars Program, the Malone Foundation has donated $56 million to 27 independent schools nationwide since 2000. Each year, the foundation provides three independent secondary schools with $2 million each in scholarship endowments. In addition to the gifts, the foundation maintains a relationship with the schools, working to improve the program and encouraging schools to share advice, success stories and meet annually. The program is lauded by many for its national breadth and focus on helping high-achieving, motivated students receive a quality education.

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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.

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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.