Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which supports 3,000 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing functions to advance their institutions. Ms. Cunningham provides leadership for one of the largest education-related associations in the world with members in more than 80 countries.
She became president in March 2015 and engaged CASE and its volunteers in a strategic planning process resulting in Reimagining CASE: 2017- 2021, an ambitious framework for serving CASE’s members and championing education. Since then, CASE has made comprehensive changes to its governance structure, acquired the Voluntary Support of Education survey and created AMAtlas. CASE has just published the CASE Global Reporting Standards, the first global and 5th edition of this important set of guidance for the profession. In addition, CASE is reviewing its professional development curriculum.
Ms. Cunningham serves as a Trustee for the University of San Diego and a member of the Signature Theatre (Arlington, Virginia) Board of Directors. She serves on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat steering committee, the Council of Higher Education Management Associations, and is a member of the International Women’s Foundation.
Prior to CASE, she was vice-principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne and the director of development for the University of Oxford. She served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford and as director of external relations at St. Andrews University. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award and a CASE Crystal Apple. She was awarded a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Middlesex University.