Awards
Distinguished Service Awards

CASE recognizes individuals and organizations who have provided extraordinary service to education and the advancement profession through its Distinguished Service Awards.

Why nominate? CASE Distinguished Service Awards:

  • Represent an opportunity to steward high-impact volunteers on an international level
  • Recognize institutions for their affiliation with individuals who demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and commitment
  • Are judged by peers and colleagues
  • Celebrate individuals who epitomize the profession's highest standards
  • Focus attention on the exemplary, and by doing so, elevate the profession overall and establish a high standard of excellence

    Nominations for the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards are open December 11, 2017 through February 9, 2018.

2017 Distinguished Service Award Winners

The E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of institutional advancement.

2017 Recipient of the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Davis, President, College of the Ozarks


The James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service recognizes individuals, organizations, foundations, corporations or publications for extraordinary service to education of national or international significance, beyond service to a single institution or state.

2017 Recipient of the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service

T. Denny Sanford, Nominated by the University of South Dakota


The Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession recognizes outstanding volunteer service by current or former staff at a CASE member institution or an Educational Partner.

2017 Recipient of the Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession

Thomas C. Tillar, Special Assistant to the Dean, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech


The Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement honors an alumnus or alumna who has provided exceptional volunteer service in support of education to one or more institutions.

2017 Recipient of the Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement

John and Mary Lou Barter, Nominated by Spring Hill College


The Distinguished Friend of Education Award honors an individual whose volunteer service has helped to advance education at an educational institution even though he or she is not a graduate of that institution.

2017 Recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Education Award

Lawrence Bonchek, MD, Nominated by Franklin & Marshall College


The John Lippincott Award for Global Advancement and Support of Education honors an individual at a CASE member institution who has made significant contributions to CASE and to building and growing the advancement profession internationally.


2017 Recipient of the John Lippincott Award for Global Advancement and Support of Education

Ellen M. Sullivan, Director, International Advancement, Phillips Academy