Mourning an Advancement Champion
Lori Houlihan passed away after a valiant battle with brain cancer on April 19, 2021. Most recently Vice Provost of University College of London, Lori was a champion in building educational advancement and the deep understanding by educational leaders of its strategic positioning in the UK. Also, through her immense volunteer commitment to CASE—including tenure on both the CASE Europe and CASE global Boards, she provided inspiration to many others in the field around the globe. Lori received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award in 2019 in recognition of her immense contribution to the advancement of education. See here for a glimpse of how much she was valued by her colleagues at UCL and beyond.
On a personal note, Lori and I grew up in the profession together, starting our work just a few miles apart with Lori in Aberdeen and me in St Andrews. We found ourselves, over the years, on trains to London and on planes to numerous cities around the world. Lori’s deep passion for our work, and sparkling energy, were infectious. And many years later, as a key contributor on the CASE Board of Trustees, Lori’s profound strategic intelligence and leadership shone through. The educational sector owes much to Lori, and her memory as a dear friend, a teacher, and a champion will live for many years to come.
In grateful recognition of
For your strong leadership, dedicated service, and significant contributions to CASE and the advancement profession as an At-large Trustee from 2016 to 2019, and with particular appreciation for:
Your deep knowledge of educational advancement, gained during the course of your long and distinguished career at University College London and the University of Aberdeen;
Your service to the profession as the inaugural co-chair of the AMAtlas Advisory Committee, member of the Global Governance Steering Committee, and member of the CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement Planning Committee;
Your dedication to and advocacy for your regional colleagues as vice chair of the CASE Europe Board of Trustees and as a frequent speaker at CASE Europe events, including serving as chair of the first Development for Deans conference;
Your distinguished service to CASE as evidenced by your selection as the recipient of the 2019 CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award and your appointment as a CASE Laureate;
Your distinguished service to the Board as chair of the Investment Subcommittee and member of the Committee on the Profession, Finance and Audit Committee, International Committee, and Leadership Committee; and
Your support of CASE’s mission to advance education to transform lives and society.
On behalf of CASE members worldwide, the CASE Board of Trustees hereby honors your leadership and service and extends its deep appreciation for your ongoing efforts to advance education and this association.
About the author(s)
Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which supports more than 3,600 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations in order to advance their institutions. As CASE president and CEO, she provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in more than 80 countries. She became president of CASE in March, 2015.
Cunningham engaged CASE and thousands of its volunteers in a comprehensive strategic planning process resulting in Reimagining CASE: 2017- 2021, an ambitious and comprehensive framework for serving CASE’s members and championing education worldwide. This volunteer and member engagement extends into a comprehensive effort to refine CASE’s governance structure to more effectively support CASE’s global reach and service to members.
Under her leadership CASE acquired the Voluntary Support of Education survey and created AMAtlas. CASE has reinvigorated its global advocacy agenda and is engaged in reviews of the curriculum across all advancement disciplines and an update of CASE’s management and reporting standards and guidelines, which operate as the industry-leading set of standards. She is most proud of CASE’s efforts to diversify the advancement professions and CASE’s commitment to talent management, within the organization and across CASE’s membership.
Cunningham serves on the steering committee of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, is a member of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations, the International Women’s Forum, and serves on the fundraising committee for the Aurora Foundation.
Prior to CASE, she served as vice-principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne and as the director of development for the University of Oxford. She served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford, and as director of external relations at St. Andrews University.
She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a recipient of the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award, and is a CASE Crystal Apple Award recipient. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in performing arts from Middlesex University.