Chief Executive Leadership Award

The awards are an opportunity for CASE to applaud and promote the work and contributions of our top educational executives. We invite nominations of chief executives whose contributions to their institutions and communities deserve exceptional notice and praise.

The District's leadership will honor the recipients of the CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Award in December at the annual CASE District V Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Take a moment to review the award criteria herein and consider deserving nominees for this significant honor. Discuss the award with colleagues and with your trustees or governing board leaders. Nomination procedures are detailed herein.

The award

The CASE V Chief Executive Leadership Awards are presented annually as follows:

  • To the institution's chief executive officer to include a president, chancellor, headmaster, system head or chief executive of a separately accredited CASE District V member institution (executives who have retired during the past year may be considered for the award).
  • To qualify, nominees shall have demonstrated the ability to:
    • Articulate a compelling vision for the institution and to have inspired others to that vision;
    • Establish a positive image for the institution while leading it to higher levels of success;
    • Increase the institution's stature in the community;
    • Encourage innovation and risk-taking among employees; and
    • Actively support all aspects of institutional advancement

Nomination procedures

Nominations for the Chief Executive Leadership Award must include:

  • Completed nomination form with answers of one-page or less to the questions listed on the form.
  • Nominee's current vita
  • Short bio of 500 to 750 words
  • jpg file of the nominee's headshot

Nominations must be received electronically.

Important notes

Please submit nominations to CEO Award Chair Melanie Harmon at on or before September 10, 2018.

Past recipients

Daniel J. Bradley, Indiana State University

Douglas N. Hastad, Carroll College

Thomas Kunkel, St. Norbert College

Robert L. Breuder, College of DuPage

Jo Young Switzer, Manchester University

Dale T. Knobel, Denison University

C. Alvin "Al" Bowman, Illinois State University

Matthew Derr, Antioch College

David Sweet, Youngstown State University

Rev. Robert Wild, Marquette University

Michael Rao, Central Michigan University

Alan Harre, Valparaiso University
Sister Mary Frances McLaughlin, Carmel Catholic High School

Luis Proenza, The University of Akron

Donna M. Carroll, Dominican University

Jerry Sue Thornton, Cuyahoga Community College
Nancy L. Zimpher, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Judith Bailey, Northern Michigan University
Samuel Hulbert, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Joseph Steger, University of Cincinnati

Robert G. Bottoms, DePauw University

Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, Ohio Dominican College