Grant to Receive Chief Executive Leadership Award



Grant to Receive Chief Executive Leadership Award

President of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
to be Recognized for Outstanding Achievements


Boston, Mass. - Dr. Mary K. Grant, the 11th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), will receive the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the regional chapter of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, District 1. The award will be presented to Dr. Grant at the annual Distinguished Service Recognition Awards Gala Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston.

The Chief Executive Leadership Award honors 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 for this award 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.

According to Charles F. Desmond, Ed.D., Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Chairman, "Anyone who has taken the time to observe the far-reaching impact Dr. Grant has had on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will immediately understand why she was selected to receive this most prestigious award. Under her leadership, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has broken through and emerged as a shining star, helping to lead our public system of higher education on to new heights of achievement, recognition, and stature."

"We are facing challenging times, across the country and across the globe," said Dr. Grant. "One of the greatest assets we have to successfully navigate through these times is an educated and engaged citizenry.  I am privileged to work in higher education. Every day I experience the ways in which colleges like mine, MCLA, make a difference in the lives of the students that we serve. We have built exciting and important new programs and partnerships; expanding educational and experiential opportunities for our students within our community, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and beyond. I am most grateful for the support of so many innovative, hardworking colleagues and I am deeply grateful and honored to receive this recognition from CASE."

Dr. Grant is the first graduate of MCLA to serve as its president. Under Dr. Grant's leadership, MCLA has expanded academic programming, recruited outstanding new faculty, strengthened educational and co curricular opportunities for students, increased enrollment and built greater connections between the College and the community.  This includes the Berkshire Compact for Education, a county-wide initiative that serves as a model for regional collaboration for educational access, readiness, and aspirations to higher education.

Dr. Grant is a champion of the essential role that science and technology play in securing the future of the Commonwealth and the nation. Among other leadership roles in this area, she serves on Governor Patrick's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. In October, MCLA announced the site for its new Center for Science and Innovation.  Most recently, Dr. Grant joined the governing board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute, which works to enhance the role of innovation within the Massachusetts economy.

Dr. Grant holds a PhD in social policy from The Heller School at Brandeis University, a Master's degree in public affairs from the John W. McCormack Institute at the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from MCLA.

About CASE International and CASE District I

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. CASE's membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 61 countries around the world, making CASE one of the largest non-profit education associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 61,500 advancement professionals on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than 22,000 professional members on its roster.

CASE District I is the regional chapter of CASE International, and represents the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Our member institutions and individuals are located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. The mission of CASE District I is to provide educational professionals in alumni relations, communications, and development with information, tools, and networking opportunities to advance both their careers and institutions.

About the 2011 District I Awards

Each year, CASE District I recognizes outstanding individual contributions to education through volunteer leadership and professional achievement with six awards. Nominations are sought from throughout the membership, and recipients are honored at a gala reception during the District I Annual Conference. In addition to the Chief Executive Leadership Award given to Dr. Grant, other awards to be given during this year's CASE District I awards gala include the following:

The Eleanor Collier Award is presented to a current member of CASE District I whose contribution to his/her organization and/or to the professions encompassed by the membership reflect honor on CASE, education and those fields of professional expertise. (2011 Winner: Kingsley "Chip" Norris, Principal Gifts Officer, St. Marks School)

The Carol and Stephen Hebert Award recognizes distinguished service to CASE District I and is presented to a member who has exhibited an extraordinary devotion of time and energy to District I affairs. (2011 Winner: Matthew Eynon, Association Vice President for Annual Giving, Boston College)

The Distinguished Friend of Education Award is presented to a volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to education in District I. The award honors an individual whose extraordinary leadership has influenced an institution's cause or the cause of education in general. (2011 Winner: Mrs. Kappy Flanders, Governor Emeritus, McGill University)

The Quarter Century Circle honors those who have completed 25 years of service for non-profit organizations in the professions encompassed by CASE. (Recognized in 2011: Kingsley "Chip" Norris, Principal Gifts Officer, St. Mark's School; Edward H. Osborn, Director, Office of University Relations, Eastern Connecticut State University)

The Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals (3-5 years) whose early success promises future leadership and achievement. (2011 Winners: Leila Bhatti Migliorell, Assistant Director of Donor Relations, Tufts University; Gina Simonelli, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations, University of Rhode Island)

The Chief Executive Leadership Award honors institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses. (Recognized in 2011: Dr. Mary K. Grant, President, Mass College of Liberal Arts)