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National Honor for ASU Development Office

August 01, 2012

Angelo State University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with a Circle of Excellence Award for Overall Improvement in the university’s fundraising activities.

ASU was one of only 30 colleges nationally so recognized in 2012 and one of only three so honored among public comprehensive universities in the United States.  Institutions are considered for the award upon submission of the Voluntary Support of Education survey to the Council for Aid to Education.  Survey data is evaluated by independent analysis. 

Brian Flahaven, director of legislative, foundation and recognition programs for CASE, said, “Because your fundraising program was judged by a panel of your peers, this award is not only recognition of its high value to your institution, but also an acknowledgement of its stature as a best practice that contributes to the advancement profession overall.” 

ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said the recognition reflects both the support the university has received from the Texas Tech University System’s Office of Advancement and the professionalism of Dr. Jason Penry, ASU’s vice president for development and alumni relations, and his staff. 

“The increasing success and sophistication of our fundraising program,” Rallo said, “are attributable to the hard work of Dr. Penry and his staff as well as the assistance of the Texas Tech University System.” 

Penry said, “The award is a great testament to the commitment to Angelo State University of our faculty and staff, our alumni and our friends.” 

The current fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31, marks the second year in a row for ASU to surpass the $7 million fundraising mark in cash gifts and signed pledges.  With the repeat performance, ASU has secured at least the second best giving year in its history.  Prior to the last two years, the most the university raised was $4.9 million in 2008. 

The CASE awards are designed to honor exemplary development programs nationally, but universities cannot apply for the award.  For the 2012 awards, 1,011 programs were eligible but only 429 of those were considered.  ASU and 29 other universities were selected for overall improvement while another 41 were honored for overall performance in development. 

Among the 2012 honorees were such universities as Harvard, Duke, California-Berkeley and North Carolina-Chapel Hill.