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For Immediate Release
July 1, 2014

Nottingham Vice-Chancellor Announced as New Chair of CASE Europe

LONDON—Professor Sir David Greenaway, vice-chancellor of The University of Nottingham, has been named chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees, effective 1 July 2014.

Greenaway is joined by new deputy chair, Lori Houlihan, director of development and alumni relations, at University College London, and three new trustees from the education sector.

Greenaway was recently knighted for his services to higher education. He has a long association with the University of Nottingham where he became vice-chancellor in 2008. He has served as a CASE Europe trustee for the past two years. His commitment to advancement extends to participating in the university's Life Cycle project, launched in 2011 to support "Nottingham: Impact," the institutional fundraising campaign which aims to raise £150m for a range of university priorities.

Greenaway succeeds Eric Thomas, vice-chancellor of the University of Bristol, who has served as chair of the CASE Europe Board for the past four years and as a trustee for seven years. He completes his term on 30 June 2014.

"I am honoured to take up the role of chair of CASE Europe and to be part of this global network of volunteers, providing high-quality training, support and advocacy for advancement professionals," says Greenaway. "Following Sir Eric's exceptional contribution, the board will continue to develop CASE Europe's activities to ensure our sustained impact on the education sector, and I look forward to working with the trustees and CASE members on this."

Kate Hunter, executive director of CASE Europe, said CASE Europe is "honoured by Sir Eric's long-term commitment," adding that it has been a a "privilege to work with him during the past seven years."

"Sir Eric‘s ambassador role for educational philanthropy extends many years, notably since he chaired a government task force on Voluntary Giving to Higher Education," Hunter said. "His subsequent and influential report legitimised ‘asking' and led to fundraising becoming a more mainstream activity across the sector."

Hunter added: "The CASE Europe team equally looks forward to working with Sir David Greenaway over the coming years. Our agenda remains to support advancement professionals through training, conferences, research, advocacy and other services."

The CASE Europe board has appointed three new trustees who will serve a three-year term of office from 1 July 2014. The new trustees, along with the existing trustees, provide volunteer leadership for CASE members in the United Kingdom and continental Europe.

The three new trustees that will serve from 1 July 2014 are:

  • Liesl Elder, director of development, University of Oxford
  • Stephen Large, director of finance, King's College London
  • Michael Lavery, assistant chief executive of external relations, Teesside University

See the full list of the CASE Europe Trustee Board 

Hunter said CASE is delighted to welcome its new trustees whose expertise reflects CASE Europe's growing membership base.
"Our organisation continues to grow as educational institutions seek trusted training, resources, insight and advocacy to navigate their way through the economic, political and social environment in which they operate," she said. "With our trustees' support, CASE Europe equips marketing, fundraising, alumni relations and communications professionals, and consequently their institutions, with the skills and knowledge to tackle challenges and opportunities head-on and prosper."

The following trustees come to the end of their terms of service on 30 June 2014:

  • Sir Eric Thomas, vice-chancellor, University of Bristol
  • Shaun Horan, managing director, Graham Pelton
  • Richard Taylor, chief operating officer, Loughborough University

"We would like to thank these members of the board for their vision, leadership and commitment to CASE Europe," Hunter said. "Their contribution has been considerable, and CASE Europe is a better organisation because of them."

CASE Europe's members number 400 schools, colleges and universities across the continent. CASE's global membership numbers more than 3,000 institutions, making it one of the largest educational associations in the world.

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