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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
May 1, 2007

CASE Names Recipients of 2007 Distinguished Service Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named seven individuals who have shown extraordinary service and leadership in advancement and education as the winners of its 2007 Distinguished Service Awards, one of the association’s most prestigious honors.

The award recipients will be honored during a July 9 luncheon at the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders conference in Chicago.

CASE President John Lippincott says the award winners are distinguished leaders who exemplify the very best in educational advancement, a field in which professionals support colleges, universities and private K-12 institutions through their work in alumni relations, communications, marketing and fundraising.

“The profession of educational advancement is both art and science, with a little bit of magic thrown in,” Lippincott says. “The seven people being honored with the 2007 CASE Distinguished Service Awards represent the very best of that art, that science, and that magic. They have devoted enormous energy and talent to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities around the globe as volunteers, alumni, mentors and professionals. Ours is a truly better world for their dedication, their determination and their inspiration.”

The seven Distinguished Service Award winners are:

  • H. Sargent Whittier Jr., fundraising consultant at Barnes & Roche, former vice president-development at St. Lawrence University. Whittier is the recipient of the CASE Lifetime Achievement Award. For more than 30 years, he has been a key figure in the advancement profession, serving as mentor, teacher and friend to hundreds of professionals. Many credit Whittier for teaching them the basics of the profession as well as the strategies for successful fundraising campaigns. During his 28-year tenure at St. Lawrence University, Whittier oversaw two successful capital campaigns and was instrumental in strengthening the institution’s alumni base. He served as a CASE trustee from 1976-1984 and was chair of the CASE board in 1982-83.
  • Bernard and Barbro Osher, Bernard Osher Foundation. Bernard and Barbro Osher are recipients of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education, named in honor of CASE’s second president. The Oshers are long-time supporters of education through the Bernard Osher Foundation. Since 1977, the Oshers have awarded millions of dollars in scholarships for financially needy students in the Maine Community College System, among others, and provided learning opportunities for more than 45,000 older adults through 400 lifelong learning institutions. More than 100 of these institutions are housed on university campuses across 46 states from Maine to Hawaii.
  • Eugene Tempel, executive director, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Tempel is also a recipient of the James L. Fisher Award. During the past 20 years, he has served as teacher and mentor to many in the advancement profession, and he is seen as a national leader in raising the status and visibility of the nonprofit community. His leadership and dedication helped build the Indiana Center on Philanthropy into the nation’s premiere source of material, curricula and training on issues relating to fundraising. Tempel is the author and co-author of a long list of books and articles that have influenced the field, including “Measuring Professionalism” in New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising.
  • Li-Chiang Chu, alumna of Woodstock School, India. Chu is one of two recipients this year of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. This award is the highest honor CASE gives to an alumni volunteer. Chu attended Woodstock School for only one year but is one of its most involved volunteers, contributing more than $1 million and hundreds of volunteer hours. Chu served for six years as a member on the school’s alumni organization in North America and has organized many fundraising campaigns. She also serves as the school’s database administrator and travels at her expense at least once a year to the school, where she performs a variety of office tasks.
  • Peggy Hammer, graduate of California State University, Fullerton. Hammer is also a recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Fullerton. For more than 30 years, she has been an active supporter of her alma mater, contributing her time to a number of programs, including the University Advisory Board, the Pollak Library and the Fullerton Arboretum. She spends more than 300 hours each year reviewing about 600 scholarship applications and interviewing nearly 50 high school seniors for Cal State Fullerton’s President’s Scholars program. She then maintains contact with the scholars, mentoring them throughout their years at Cal State Fullerton.
  • Peter McE. Buchanan, senior associate of Washburn & McGoldrick, president emeritus-CASE. Buchanan is the recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. He has more than 30 years of experience working in the advancement profession and a long history of contributions to CASE. He served as the president of CASE from 1991 to 1997 during which he helped shape professional standards for campaigns, the CASE Donor Bill of Rights, increased diversity of the profession and the development of international professional programming. Prior to this, Buchanan was vice president of university development and alumni relations at Columbia University, where he oversaw a successful $600 million campaign and the planning and inception of Columbia’s $1.15 billion campaign. He is the author of a number of articles and books on advancement, including a History of the Founding and Early Years of CASE.
  • Heath Oliver, president of Bardons & Oliver Inc. Oliver is the recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. This newly created award honors individuals whose volunteer service has helped to advance education at a CASE member institution from which the recipient is not a graduate. Oliver is being recognized for nearly 20 years of volunteer service to the Cuyahoga Community College and the Tri-C Foundation Board of Directors, both in Cleveland, Ohio. Oliver joined the Tri-C Foundation board in 1988 and has served in numerous leadership positions, including board chair, vice chair and chair of the executive committee, during his tenure. Under his guidance, the foundation’s assets have grown from less than $6 million to more than $21 million.

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