On the Passing of Bill Squire, First Chair of CASE Europe
Clifford William “Bill” Squire CMG, LVO, PhD, first Chair of CASE Europe and author of the definitive book, University Fundraising in Britain: A Transatlantic Partnership (2014), passed away on 14 October, 2021. Bill was profoundly influential in defining the profession of development in the United Kingdom. He came to the profession after retiring as Britain’s Ambassador to Israel. He became the University of Cambridge’s first Development Director in 1988, raising £160 million in philanthropic support during his eight years at the institution.
His impact was felt far beyond Cambridge. Bill discovered something during his early days that remains part of the CASE magic—that we are all better when we open ourselves to learning from one another as a community of professionals. Bill believed that this burgeoning field in Europe could benefit from the expertise of practitioners in North America, and that CASE provided the doorway to the community of leaders who would willingly share their knowledge and experiences. Because of his work, expertise in advancement is truly global now, and shared widely in many directions in this robust professional community.
He became central to a cadre of advancement professionals seeking to make the benefits of CASE more widely available in Britain, chairing the CASE/UK Ad Hoc Committee from 1989-1994 ultimately leading to the first CASE UK Institutes at the Universities of Edinburgh and Kent in 1990 and 1991 respectively, and hosting the first CASE- Higher Education External Relations Association conference in 1993 at Cambridge, where vital steps were taken to establish a CASE office serving European institutions. He became the inaugural chair of the CASE Europe Board. His legacy also includes a commitment to the role of data-driven decision making, and the concept of benchmarking across institutions. His encouragement of professional standards and data-sharing was foundational to surveys leading to the CASE-Ross Support of Education Survey, which is approaching its 20th year.
His book is a loving chronicle of the evolution of the advancement profession in Britain, and fundraising in particular. It touchingly recalls the importance of a collegial community of professionals working together not only to transform their own institutions but to advance education to transform lives and society.
Our hearts go out to Bill’s wife Sarah and his family, friends, and colleagues across his many careers. His immense contribution to the growth of the profession of educational advancement has touched many lives for which all at CASE are immensely grateful.
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, and 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 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.