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Pam Russell
Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
Nov. 20, 2014

Council for Advancement and Support of Education Announces New President

Sue Cunningham will join education association

Washington, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the selection of Sue Cunningham as CASE's new president. Cunningham, currently vice-principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne, was the unanimous choice of CASE's presidential search committee and board of trustees.

Cunningham's appointment concludes an international search for a successor to John Lippincott, who announced last January his intent to retire after 11 years in the position. He will remain as CASE's leader until Cunningham assumes office on March 9, 2015.

"Sue is clearly the right choice to lead CASE and build upon the strength, service to members and global presence for which our organization has become so well known," said J. Michael Goodwin, CASE's chair- elect and leader of the search committee. "She has the vision, leadership skills, depth of knowledge and personal integrity required for this position."

Cunningham, who currently leads a University Advancement team of 90 professionals, comes to CASE with 17 years of experience working in academic institutions.

Sue CunninghamCunningham began her career in educational advancement, after working in the arts and cultural sector, in 1998 at St. Andrews University, where she had oversight of development, alumni relations and communications. Later, at the University of Oxford, she led the development team in the execution of the largest fundraising campaign outside of the United States, to raise £1.25 billion, after five years leading advancement for Christ Church, one of the most well-known of Oxford colleges. Cunningham was also responsible for the establishment of the University of Oxford's first China office, based in Hong Kong.

At the University of Melbourne, she has led the Campaign for the University of Melbourne, which had its public launch in 2013. In all of her university roles, Cunningham has regularly worked in North America, Europe and Asia, connecting with her institutional communities across the globe.

Cunningham studied at the Godolphin and Latymer School in London and received a bachelor of arts in Performance Arts from Middlesex University in London. She was awarded a master's degree from Oxford University in 2003.

Cunningham became a member of CASE in 1998 and has since volunteered with the organization on numerous occasions. Cunningham served as the co-chair of the CASE Europe Conference fundraising track for two years, presented on major gift fundraising for CASE International, was involved in the inception and delivery of the popular CASE Spring Institute for many years, assisted in the establishment of the CASE Europe Graduate trainee program and is the inaugural chair of the CASE Asia-Pacific Advisory Council.

"I am honored to have been chosen to lead CASE," said Cunningham. "This organization has been a mainstay for me throughout my career, and I am excited to build upon its strong tradition of member services while fostering idea exchange among advancement professionals from around the globe."

"My membership in CASE has enabled me to develop a world view of the impact of our profession. It has also sparked a profound desire to contribute to and support our growing community of advancement professionals," said Cunningham.

Brian Lee, chair of the CASE Board of Trustees, said, "Sue has an impressive overall knowledge of CASE and a keen understanding of its mission to serve members. She is a practitioner at the highest level who has experience in the full range of advancement skills and who has risen through the ranks to achieve remarkable professional success."

Lee and Goodwin also offered the organization's sincere thanks to John Lippincott, who has served for the past 11 years as CASE's longest-serving president. "As one of the premier organizations of its type in the world, CASE is currently at its strongest in its 40-year history with regard to membership, finances and many other measures, thanks in large part to John," said Lee.

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