Released: Aug. 4, 1999
Centre College tapped for national honor
DANVILLE, KY- For the third time in four years, Centre College has been honored for having one of the strongest fund raising programs in the United States. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has announced that Centre is one of 19 private colleges in the country chosen for a 1999 Circle of Excellence Award. Harvard, Princeton, Notre Dame and Amherst are among the other institutions chosen for the award.
One other Kentucky institution made the list of 19 schools, Bellarmine College in Louisville.
The award winners were formally honored in late July during the 1999 CASE international assembly in Boston.
Centre previously received the Circle of Excellence Award in 1996 and 1997.
Centre President John Roush said of the award: "In a very important way, this honor is a recognition of the many alumni and friends who believe in the work and mission of Centre College and support it with their gifts. They are our essential partners and the real heroes of Centre's development program."
CASE is an international organization with more than 2,900 member institutions, and the Circle of Excellence is the highest award it gives for fund raising efforts by its members. Colleges and universities are evaluated on overall breadth and stability of their fund raising programs, as well as recent growth in support. A panel of judges reviews extensive data submitted by CASE members, selecting a small number each year for the Circle of Excellence.
During fiscal year 1997-98, Centre received $9.2 million in private gifts and grants, an increase of about $150,000 over the prior year. Centre holds the all-time record for alumni participation (over 75 percent) and the record for the number of consecutive years (12) of national leadership in annual giving percentage.
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