Chief Executive Leadership Award
The awards are an opportunity for CASE to applaud and promote the work and contributions of our top educational executives. We invite nominations of chief executives whose contributions to their institutions and communities deserve exceptional notice and praise.
The District's leadership will honor the recipients of the CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Award in December at the annual CASE District V Conference in Chicago, Illinois.
Take a moment to review the award criteria herein and consider deserving nominees for this significant honor. Discuss the award with colleagues and with your trustees or governing board leaders. Nomination procedures are detailed herein.
The CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Awards are presented annually as follows:
- To the institution's chief executive officer to include a president, chancellor, headmaster, system head or chief executive of a separately accredited CASE District V member institution (executives who have retired during the past year may be considered for the award).
- To qualify, nominees shall have demonstrated the ability to:
- Articulate a compelling vision for the institution and to have inspired others to that vision;
- Establish a positive image for the institution while leading it to higher levels of success;
- Increase the institution's stature in the community;
- Encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees; and
- Actively support all aspects of institutional advancement
John Carl Bowling
The longtime president of Olivet Nazarene University will receive the CASE District V Chief Executive Leadership Award. John Carl Bowling has been president of Olivet Nazarene University since 1991. Bowling is being honored with the annual honor of the top chief executive in the district at the annual conference in Chicago. The award is an opportunity for CASE to applaud and promote the work and contributions of our top educational executives.
Bowling holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a Master of Arts in Theology from Olivet Nazarene University, a Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University. The honorary Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by Olivet during the Centennial Celebration of the University. He was also chosen as a Resident Fellow for post-doctoral studies at Harvard University.
In addition to his work at Olivet, Bowling is active with a variety of professional organizations and local community affairs, including membership on the Board of People’s Bank in Kankakee. He served for many years as vice chairman of the Riverside Health System Board of Directors and for 10 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has also served as a member of the United Way Board, and the Board of the Kankakee Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was selected as Citizen of the Year by the Chamber and is a recipient of the Community Alliance Beacon Award in recognition of service, vision, and leadership in the community. He was also selected for special community recognition as “Samaritan of the Year.”
Bowling is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri, and a former member of the Church of the Nazarene Foundation Board of Directors. He also served for 12 years as a member of the General Board for the Church of the Nazarene, including eight years as president of the Board.
Prior to accepting his current position in August 1991, Bowling served for eight years as the senior pastor of the College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He also served as senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, Dallas, Texas. He has been a member of the faculty at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at Olivet Nazarene University.
In addition to over 65 published articles, he has authored six books: A Way With Words; Grace-full Leadership; Packin’ Up and Headin’ Out: Making the Most of Your College Adventure; Making the Climb, which chronicles his assent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and one of the great mountains of the world; Above All Else – Twenty Years of Baccalaureate Messages and his latest book, ReVision.
Nomination for the Chief Executive Leadership Award
Nominations closed on September 30, 2019.
- Nominee Information
- Three co-nominators* (additional individuals supportive of the nomination)
- Abbreviated biography or Curriculum Vitae (limited to 750 words)
- Letters of recommendation (at least two)
- All five essay Questions:
a. Supporting Advancement: Indicate specifics on how the nominee was involved in and supported all aspects of institutional advancement including development, alumni relations, communications and marketing and government relations
b. Creating a Vision: Please describe how the nominee created a vision for the institution and inspired others to that vision.
c. Establishing a Positive Image: Provide examples of how the nominee established a positive image for the institution while leading it to higher levels of success.
d. Increasing Stature: Detail how the nominee increased the institution's stature in the community.
e. Encouraging Innovation: Describe how the nominee encouraged innovation and risk-taking among employees.