Meet Your Chair
Alison joined the University of Cambridge in 2013 as executive director, development and alumni relations. She is responsible for carrying forward the University’s philanthropic agenda, which includes leading the £2billion fundraising Campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge as well as expanding and enhancing alumni relations. In 2019, Alison led the team and secured the largest single gift to a UK organisation by a UK national, a £100m gift from the Claudia and David Harding Foundation.
Alison has worked in higher education advancement for 30 years, previously holding senior roles in the USA. Alison led a $3bn campaign for the University of Virginia where she was associate vice-president for development. Prior to this she completed a $25m six-year campaign two years ahead of schedule as director of development for the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she oversaw an increase in giving from $1m to $11m annually.
Alison began her relationship with CASE as a CASE Student Scholar at the 1987 District I Conference, has subsequently spoken at a number of CASE conferences, and served on the CASE 50 Steering Committee. In addition she has been serving on the faculty of the Big Ten Fundraiser Institute since 2018.
Cindy Fredrick is an inspirational leader, known for growing organizations with transformative energy, passion, and integrity. Cindy’s higher education career spans three decades at the University of Virginia. She currently serves as the senior associate vice president for engagement and annual giving and previously was the president and CEO of UVA’s student volunteer service center, Madison House. In addition to working for UVA, Cindy is a consulting vice-president for Grenzebach Glier and Associates.
As UVA’s chief alumni and parent engagement officer, Cindy supervises a team of 35 staff members, 60 students, and more than 700 volunteers, overseeing central annual giving and producing in-person and virtual events. Before the pandemic, her team implemented more than 1,200 in-person events per year, leveraging a global volunteer network. During the 16 months of the pandemic, her team produced 800 virtual events for more than 117,000 alumni, friends, and family registrations.
Cindy began her career with non-profit community-based organizations and was responsible for advancement, marketing, program services, and volunteer management. She served in leadership positions for a state-wide advocacy coalition, a children’s equity theatre, and long-term care facilities.
Cindy graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in social work and from California State University with an M.Ed. in educational administration. Cindy is an alumnus of Leadership Charlottesville, Advancement Leadership Lab, Leadership in Academic Matters, and the Fundraising School. An active volunteer with CASE, she has served in various roles, including past chair of the Summer Institute for Alumni Relations.
Bennie L. Harris
Dr. Bennie L. Harris serves as chancellor of University of South Carolina Upstate, assuming leadership on July 1, 2021.
Harris joined USC Upstate after serving since 2014 as senior vice president for Institutional Advancement at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), where he was responsible for institutional advancement, partnership expansion and external affairs.
Harris holds the bachelor of sciences degree in industrial engineering from Mississippi State University, the MBA in strategic marketing from Washington State University and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership and marketing from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has held leadership positions in institutional advancement at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Washington State University. Over the course of his advancement career, he has raised more than $346 million. Also, while at Washington State University, he served as the director for the Center for Human Rights. Harris has worked with a number of organizations facilitating conversations and strategic plans around leadership development, diversity, healthcare and health equity.
Dr. Harris is involved in several local and national organizations such as Leadership Atlanta, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Executive Director of Phi Beta Sigma International Leadership Academy, Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors, Lipscomb University Board of Trustees, America Association of Medical Colleges Development Council, CASE Faculty, among a few. Harris is frequently sought to speak on fundraising, strategic planning, diversity and leadership development at various nonprofits, higher education and other institution seeking to improve and build capacity.
Dr. Harris is married to Frankie Andrea Harris and together they have three adult children, Bria, Bennie II, and Branden.
Binti Harvey is a seasoned relationship builder, strategist, and change manager with a significant record of accomplishment empowering leaders, teams, and institutions to successfully advance reputational and financial goals. Ms. Harvey is the vice president for external relations and institutional advancement for Scripps College, a prestigious women’s and liberal arts institution and a member of the Claremont Colleges. In her role as chief fundraising and marketing and communications officer, she is responsible for developing and executing programs to amplify Scripps’ brand, increase philanthropic support, and deepen constituent engagement to advance the College’s mission.
Ms. Harvey’s career encompasses more than a decade of legislative affairs, public relations, and community engagement experience in educational, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Prior to Scripps, she led the design and implementation of institutional branding and fundraising marketing strategies for the California Institute of Technology. As a political aide, Ms. Harvey led advocacy and strategic communications initiatives for the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Superintendents of the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts. She began her career in journalism as a business reporter for CBS MarketWatch.
Ms. Harvey earned her B.A. in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in public policy from the University of Southern California, and she has served as a volunteer and presenter for numerous organizations including the American Marketing Association, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and Academic Impressions.
Rossie Ogilvie is the vice-principal, advancement at the University of Sydney. She brings more than 15 years of experience in advancement, leading teams in Australia and the UK.
For Cambridge University’s 800th Anniversary Campaign, Rossie was a key part of the team that raised more than £1BN. As executive director for advancement, University of Sydney, Rossie planned and implemented INSPIRED, Australia’s largest philanthropic campaign. INSPIRED is the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the University’s history, raising $1BN from more than 64,000 donors. She is now leading the next generation of advancement at the University.
Rossie was previously the vice-chancellor’s chief-of-staff. An exemplary leader and strategist, she was a driving force behind the implementation of the University’s strategic plan.