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Vice President Rickey N. McCurry Named Chair of Great Lakes Advancement Group

January 9, 2012

Rickey N. McCurry, vice president for institutional advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, has started a two-year term as board chair of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) Great Lakes District of education advancement professionals.

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  Rickey N. McCurry

McCurry took over the organization's leadership role at the CASE V District's Annual Conference in Chicago.  The group includes more than 2,500 alumni administrators, fund raisers, public and media relations managers, publications editors, communications and marketing professionals and government relations officers at more than 400 institutions in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

CASE's purpose is to help advancement professionals advance the cause of education by offering information resources and training opportunities to aid its members and their institutions.

"I have found CASE to be an excellent resource for professional and personal development throughout my career, and it is my hope that CASE V provides those same qualities for new, mid-career and veteran higher-education advancement professionals," said McCurry.

With a diverse background in higher-education administration and teaching, McCurry has been consistently successful in resource generation and financial management.  Since July, he has set the strategies for fundraising and alumni affairs that support Rose-Hulman's long-range educational objectives.  He also serves as a member of the president's administrative cabinet.

Before joining Rose-Hulman, McCurry spent 11 years as vice chancellor for institutional advancement and chief executive officer of the Southern Illinois University Foundation.  His advancement career also included positions at University of Tennessee, the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lane College in Jackson, Tenn.

McCurry received CASE's Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation CEO of the Year Award in 2009, has been a featured presenter for several CASE national and district conferences, a former member of CASE's Institutionally Related Foundations Board, a member of CASE's Circle of Excellence Award Committee and a member of CASE's Philanthropy Commission.  He also was selected to participate in the Big Ten Fund Raisers Institute in 2000 and 2005, and participated in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative in 2004. 

McCurry earned a law degree from North Carolina Central University's School of Law after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in history from Lane College.  He is a former member of the American Bar Association, National Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association.  Besides CASE, he is a member of the National Association of College and Universities Attorneys.

Learn more about CASE V at www.casefive.org.