Two COPLAC Presidents win CASE Awards


Dr. Mary Cullinan, President of Southern Oregon University, and Dr. Mary Grant, President of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, have each been selected to receive 2011 Chief Executive Leadership Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Headquartered in Washington, DC, CASE is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. The Chief Executive Leadership Award honors institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, efforts promoting public understanding of education, and support of advancement at their campuses. 

Dr. Grant, the 11th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and immediate past president of COPLAC, received the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the regional chapter of District 1, representing the northeastern United States and eastern Canada, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island.

"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," stated Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Chairman Charles F. Desmond. "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."

Dr. Cullinan has been president of Southern Oregon since 2006. The regional chapter of District VIII is the largest of CASE's eight North American districts geographically, encompassing the western Canadian provinces and territories in addition to Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana in the Pacific Northwest.

"Southern Oregon University has been transformed under Dr. Cullinan's leadership," said Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski. "When she arrived, the institution was struggling with declining enrollment and budget challenges. Dr. Cullinan was willing to make hard choices to re-structure the university, maintaining the respect and participation of the faculty and staff. More recently, she has created a forward-thinking strategic plan to guide the University's future. Today, SOU is positioned as the public liberal arts university of the West, providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate education that is affordable and accessible."