CASE District I Achievement and Recognition Awards
Each year, CASE District I recognizes outstanding individual contributions to education through volunteer leadership and professional achievement with two awards. Nominations are sought from throughout the membership, and recipients are honored at the annual District I Achievement and Accolades Awards Celebration Luncheon, which gathers together district leaders, volunteers, and conference attendees for a memorable evening. The awards bestowed on District I members include the Chief Executive Leadership Award and the Rising Star Award.
The Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals whose early success promises future leadership and achievement.
The Chief Executive Leadership Award has been established to honor institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses. Nominees must have demonstrated the ability to increase their institution’s stature in the community and to establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to even higher levels of success.
CASE District I is grateful for the support of the generous Achievement and Accolades Awards sponsors: August Jackson, diamond sponsor of the awards celebration event design, production, and management; and Honorcraft, bronze sponsor of the award items.
Gretchen Larkin came to Charles River School as its Head of School in 2014 after having spent over 20 years as a rising leader in K-12 education. In her so-far brief tenure at Charles River School, she has led a total reorganization and right-sizing of the school and administration and has spearheaded a record-breaking comprehensive campaign, raising 40 percent more money in two-thirds the time of any previous campaign.
Gretchen has brought to Charles River School a broad vision that has helped both reshape its curriculum and deepen its community. She elevated equity and inclusion as a priority, markedly increasing the number of students enrolled from families of color. She also oversaw the opening of a new wetlands laboratory, which is a three-acre trail system through school-owned conservation land for students to learn environmental sciences and stewardship in a hands-on fashion.
Gretchen also led a shift in faculty/staff mindset to one of customer service and demand-based planning. This has contributed to an attrition rate that is at a five-year low and has been highlighted by NAIS as a model program.
As the leader of annual giving at Boston University, Stephanie Quinn has made great strides and broken records in her short time as a development professional.
Stephanie initially came to BU as a student, receiving dual degrees in psychology and communications in 2009. After a brief stint working in the tech industry, her Terrier pride led her to reunite with her alma mater as a member of the Boston University Alumni Council in 2010. Three years later she joined BU’s annual giving team, responsible for engaging 327,000 global alumni along with tens of thousands of parents and friends of the university. Today she has risen in the ranks as a leader on a team of 13.
Stephanie has led several record-breaking years for BU’s Annual Giving program. As a result of her vision and execution, the annual fund has raised more than $22 million from over 50,000 donors in each of her years at the helm, and BU has reached over 10 percent participation in giving from its alumni.