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Martin T. Meehan, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, was honored last night at this year’s Distinguished Service and Recognition Awards Reception, an annual program of District I of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), held in Monday at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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Meehan was presented with the Chief Executive Leadership Award, established to honor institutional leaders for outstanding contributions to their campus communities, for efforts promoting public understanding of education, and for support of advancement at their campuses. Winners of this award have demonstrated the ability to increase their institution’s stature in the community and to establish a positive image for their institution while leading it to even higher levels of success.

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“I am honored to receive the Chief Executive Leadership Award from CASE,” said Meehan. “In today’s economy, philanthropic support is particularly critical. We have increased efforts to raise private funds to ensure that students continue to receive the best education possible. In the last five years, we have seen an 83 percent increase in overall fundraising, including several multimillion-dollar gifts, which has allowed us to increase scholarships, construct new buildings on campus and advance educational and research programs that benefit the entire region.”


Since assuming the chancellorship in 2007, Meehan has propelled UMass Lowell forward by every important measure of higher education. The institution has achieved record growth in enrollment, student retention, research and scholarship funding. The campus also has undergone a stunning physical transformation with new buildings, upgraded academic and research facilities, and enhanced student residence and activity spaces.


While strongly focusing on academics and student success, Chancellor Meehan has made access, affordability and diversity a keystone of his vision to raise UMass Lowell’s image and impact on the region.


Understanding that philanthropic support is vital to sustain the progress that has been made, the chancellor has overseen the largest fundraising years in the history of the institution resulting in nearly $61 million in gifts and pledges. 


Meehan represented the fifth congressional district of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. He served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Previously, he served as Massachusetts deputy secretary of state for securities and corporations and he was the first assistant district attorney of Middlesex County. 


Meehan graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986. He holds honorary degrees from Suffolk University, Green Mountain College in Vermont and Shenkar College of Engineering & Design in Israel.


About CASE International and CASE District I

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. CASE’s membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 61 countries around the world, making CASE one of the largest nonprofit education associations in terms of institutional membership. CASE serves more than 61,500 advancement professionals on the staffs of its member institutions and has more than 22,000 professional members on its roster.


CASE District I is the regional chapter of CASE International, and represents the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Member institutions and individuals are located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island; New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. The mission of CASE District I is to provide educational professionals in alumni relations, communications and development with information, tools and networking opportunities to advance both their careers and institutions.


About the 2012 District I Awards

Each year, CASE District I recognizes outstanding individual contributions to education through volunteer leadership and professional achievement with six awards. Nominations are sought from throughout the membership, and recipients are honored at a reception during the District I Annual Conference. In addition to the Chief Executive Leadership Award given to Meehan, other awards presented during this year’s CASE District I awards celebration include the following:

The Eleanor Collier Award is presented to a current member of CASE District I whose contribution to his/her organization and/or to the professions encompassed by the membership reflect honor on CASE, education and those fields of professional expertise. (2012 Winner: Janet Canepa, Director of Alumni Relations, Fairfield University)

The Carol and Stephen Hebert Award recognizes distinguished service to CASE District I and is presented to a member who has exhibited an extraordinary devotion of time and energy to District I affairs. (2012 Winner: Jeri L. Goetz, Director of Development, The Chestnut Hill School)

The Distinguished Friend of Education Award is presented to a volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to education in District I. The award honors an individual whose extraordinary leadership has influenced an institution's cause or the cause of education in general. (2012 Winner: Shelly Nemirovsky, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School)

The Quarter Century Circle honors those who have completed 25 years of service for non-profit organizations in the professions encompassed by CASE. (Recognized in 2012: Steven A. Hall, Vice President for Alumni Relations, Boston University; Sherwood “Woodie” Haskins, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School; Brian K. Lee, Senior Vice President, University Advancement, Tufts University; Michael Newhall, Chief Advancement Officer, St. John's Preparatory School)

The Rising Star Award recognizes the accomplishments of new advancement professionals (3-5 years) whose early success promises future leadership and achievement. (2012 Winners: Melissa L. Perkins, Director of Leadership Gifts, Pomfret School; Tramaine Weekes, Assistant Director of Development, The Chestnut Hill School)