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May 2017
Volume 15 Issue 5

Inside CASE

Beloved CASE Employee, Volunteer Michael Kiser Passes Away

MarComm Expert to Join CASE as Interim VP, Marketing and Communications

Circle of Excellence Awards Announced June 14

CASE Announces 2017 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Slate of FY2018 CASE Board Candidates Announced

New CASE Commission Members for FY2018

Social Inclusion New Track for CEAC 2017

CASE Asia-Pacific Commemorates Growth at APAC


Beloved CASE Employee, Volunteer Michael Kiser Passes Away

Michael Kiser, vice president of marketing and communications for CASE, passed away last month following a brief but intense battle with cancer.

"On behalf of CASE and its staff, it is with deep sorrow that I share this sad news with members, colleagues and friends around the world," said CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham said. "Michael's courage and positive spirit since his diagnosis was truly inspiring. We will miss him immensely."

Cunningham noted that while Michael had been a CASE employee for just under a year, he made an enormous impact during this time and "set in motion ideas and plans from which CASE and its members will benefit for years to come."

Michael joined CASE as vice president of marketing and communications in May 2016, coming from Lafayette College, where he was vice president of marketing and communications. Prior to joining Lafayette, Michael served as vice president for communications at Colby College and director of development communications at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, after beginning his career in education at Randolph Macon Woman's College. He earned a bachelor's degree at Wabash College and a master's degree at Purdue University.

As an active and dedicated CASE volunteer, Michael served in recent years on the faculty of the CASE Summer Institute in Communications and Marketing, as chair of the CASE Campaign Communications Conference and the Institute for Senior Communications and Marketing Professionals, and as a judge of CASE international and regional competitions in websites and social media programs.

"Michael's contributions to the profession and to CASE simply cannot be overstated," Cunningham said. "Whilst this news is tragic in so many ways, we are all good and better for having known Michael."

More details about Michael are shared in this obituary.


MarComm Expert to Join CASE as Interim VP, Marketing and Communications

CASE has announced that Rob Moore, a marketing communications expert in the advancement profession, will join CASE July 1 as interim vice president of marketing and communications.

Moore, who is stepping down as president and CEO of Lipman Hearne as part of a long-planned succession process, will continue the work of Michael Kiser, who served as CASE's vice president of marketing and communications until his death last month following a brief illness.

CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham says Moore will "continue the good work of our beloved colleague."

"Like Michael, Rob is a visionary leader and clear thinker who will be focused on what is best for our members and for CASE," says Cunningham. "I can think of no better person to step into this role at this important moment as we implement various communications and marketing initiatives in support of our ambitious strategic plan."

Moore has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and is a leading contributor on branding and fundraising topics to industry periodicals including Currents, Change, Advancing Philanthropy and Trusteeship. He will continue to serve Lipman Hearne clients on a part-time basis as senior counsel.


Circle of Excellence Awards Announced June 14

CASE will reveal the 2017 Circle of Excellence award recipients on Wednesday, June 14, on the CASE Circle of Excellence webpage. The winners of the CASE Platinum Categories will also be announced at that time.

The Circle of Excellence Awards annually recognize the most outstanding programs, publications and practices in educational advancement. This year, more than 3,200 entries from institutions around the world were considered in nearly 100 categories covering fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing and advancement services. More than 350 entries were considered for the CASE Platinum Categories, a collaboration between CASE and its eight districts to recognize outstanding work in North America.


CASE Announces 2017 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

CASE has announced the recipients of its Distinguished Service Awards, an annual program that honors individuals and organizations for extraordinary service to education and advancement. The 2017 recipients are:

E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award:Jerry Davis, president of the College of the Ozarks in Missouri.

James. L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education:T. Denny Sanford, nominated by the University of South Dakota Foundation.

John Lippincott Award for Global Advancement and Support of EducationEllen Sullivan, executive director of international advancement at Boston College.

Frank L. Ashmore Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession:Thomas C. Tillar, special assistant to the dean at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Distinguished Friend of Education AwardLawrence Bonchek, nominated by Franklin & Marshall College.

Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer InvolvementJohn and Mary Lou Barter, nominated by Alabama's Spring Hill College.

CASE will recognize the recipients at a luncheon on Monday, July 17, 2017, in conjunction with the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in San Francisco.


Slate of FY2018 CASE Board Candidates Announced

The CASE Board of Trustees recently approved the slate of candidates to fill open trustee and officer positions.

The leadership committee of the CASE board selected 13 professionals from nearly 100 nominees who represented all areas of the profession and types of educational institutions.

Membership coordinators, who vote on behalf of their institutions, will receive an electronic ballot in early June. Each CASE member institution is entitled to one vote. CASE will accept confirmed votes until Friday, July 14.

Final election results will be announced at the annual membership meeting during the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement this July in San Francisco and in future issues of BriefCASE.


New CASE Commission Members for FY2018

At its meeting in March, the CASE Board of Trustees appointed 19 new members to CASE's three professional commissions: the Commission on Alumni Relations, the Commission on Communications and Marketing, and the Commission on Philanthropy.

Each commission has 17 members, including a chair. The new commissioners will begin their service in July 2017 and will serve for three years.


Social Inclusion New Track for CEAC 2017

The 2017 CASE Europe Annual Conference, held 28 August-1 September in Birmingham, UK, will offer a new social inclusion track for advancement professionals who aim to be active partners in driving diversity initiatives on campus. Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, will offer the opening plenary of the new track with a session focusing on current issues surrounding social mobility in the UK and Europe. She will expound upon how institutions can identify and develop effective programmes as well as best practices in communicating these efforts internally and externally.

In a spotlight session, Hugh Rayment-Pickard, chief development officer of IntoUniversity, will discuss reaching individuals in disadvantaged communities with a focus on the roots of underachievement. Drawing upon IntoUniversity's experience from its own centres, Rayment-Pickard will share an approach that has produced results and interest from donors who want to make a social impact with their investment.

Early-bird registration for CEAC ends 2 June 2017.


CASE Asia-Pacific Commemorates Growth at APAC

CASE Asia-Pacific welcomed 430 delegates from 23 countries to its flagship Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference last month, celebrating 10 years of advancing the profession in the region. This year's conference culminated with 10 global higher education leaders sharing their ideas for how advancement can thrive even in the midst of challenges, writes Toni Coleman, Currents interim editor-in-chief, in a recent CASE Blog dispatch.

"Higher education is being politicized and defined through a counter-narrative in which academics are pursuing useless research and students are out of control. The lack of a cohesive story about the sector's work in solving societal problems makes it difficult to make the case for government funding," writes Coleman in describing the panel's reflective discussion.

To combat this challenge and become more effective, education leaders discussed four approaches for institutions:

  • Partner with both internal and external constituents.
  • Share higher education's work more broadly.
  • Integrate functions and messaging across discipline. 
  • Create and share higher education's story.

Read more from APAC on the CASE Blog.