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Pam Russell
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For Immediate Release
June 7, 2006

CASE to Honor 2006 Distinguished Service Award Winners at CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has named the winners of its 2006 Distinguished Service Awards, one of the association’s most prestigious honors.

The five individuals, selected for their extraordinary service and leadership in advancement and education, will be honored on Monday, July 10, during a luncheon at the CASE Summit for Advancement Leaders conference in New York City.

John Lippincott, president of CASE, says the award winners are distinguished leaders who inspire and motivate others through their work.

“These five individuals exemplify the ideals to which the advancement profession is dedicated,” says Lippincott. “Each, in his or her own way, has demonstrated a profound belief in the transformative power of education and has put that belief into action. Whether they are professionals or volunteers, inside the academy or outside, these distinguished leaders have had a profound impact worthy of celebration and emulation.”

The five Distinguished Service Award winners are:

  • Robert Forman, executive director emeritus, Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. Forman is the recipient of the CASE Lifetime Achievement Award. During his 28-year tenure, the Michigan alumni association was recognized as one of the premier alumni organizations in the United States, pioneering programs in continuing education for alumni and women, recruitment of underrepresented minorities, and educational travel. Forman served as chair of the CASE board and was the founding president of the Council of Alumni Association Executives, an organization for alumni professionals. He has authored many publications in the field of alumni relations and was the first recipient of the CASE Theodore Hesburgh Medal for Trusteeship.
  • Claudio X. González Guajardo, co-founder and president of UNETE Foundation and co-founder and president of Televisa Foundation. González is the recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education, named in honor of CASE’s second president. Throughout his career, González has worked to improve education in Mexico. Under his guidance, the not-for-profit organization UNETE has provided computer equipment to more than 2,800 public schools in Mexico, helping more than one million students. As president of Televisa Foundation, he has directed the launch of a number of national educational initiatives, including campaigns to promote teacher training and reading. For example, based on findings that many individuals in Mexico read only one book a year, the foundation launched a promotion to encourage the use of dictionaries, encyclopedias and other books in public elementary schools. As a result of that campaign, nearly 450 public elementary schools have received nearly 135,000 books since 2002.
  • Rosemary Deniken Blankley, graduate of Arcadia University. Blankley is one of two recipients this year of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. This award, named for the first executive director of the American Alumni Council, one of CASE’s two predecessor organizations, is the highest honor CASE gives to an alumni volunteer. A 1957 graduate of Arcadia University, Blankley has been a consistent and reliable volunteer for nearly 50 years. She has participated in nearly every alumni volunteer role-from hosting alumni gatherings to serving as class editor, fund agent and vice chair of the board. In addition, she has contributed to her alma mater every year since her graduation and supported every capital campaign. Blankley is recognized as a distinguished leader of the school where she has led special interest groups during campaigns and chaired the university advancement committee of the board of trustees.
  • E. John Rosenwald Jr., graduate of Dartmouth College. Rosenwald is also a recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Rosenwald received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth in 1952 and an MBA one year later from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. For more than 50 years, Rosenwald has been an active supporter of his alma mater, serving in a number of roles including head agent, reunion giving volunteer, and chair and board member of the school’s board of trustees. In addition to volunteering his time, Rosenwald has created scholarship funds, endowed a professorship and funded the construction of a chemistry lab and Tuck School classroom.
  • Mary Kay Murphy, associate vice president for institutional advancement, Morehouse School of Medicine. Murphy is the recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession. Murphy has more than 40 years of experience working in the advancement profession and a long history of contributions to CASE. During her career, she has raised nearly $100 million for her institutions, authored or contributed to numerous CASE publications and chaired various CASE-sponsored workshops and conferences. She also served as a CASE trustee and is a past chair of CASE District III. Finally, she is recognized by many as a role model, especially for women in the advancement profession.

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