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Allentown, PA (February 7, 2005) - Dr. Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney, President of Cedar Crest College, has been honored with the "CASE District II Chief Executive Leadership Award" from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The presentation was made at the CASE District II Awards Gala in Baltimore, MD on January 31. The award is among the highest honors the council can bestow among educational leaders.

For more than 30 years, Dorothy Gulbenkian Blaney has been a leader in higher education. She has held senior executive positions in a first tier regional liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, a multi-versity in New York with 25,000 students and four campuses, the largest state education department in the country, and an international agency in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been President of Cedar Crest College since 1989.

In the time that Blaney has been at Cedar Crest, the enrollment has increased from 700 to over 1,600 students, the number of honor students has increased 35% and science students have doubled, the endowment has increased fourfold, the total annual giving has risen from $1.2 million to $5.7 million, and alumnae participation in giving has increased from 26% to 50%. Throughout the period, the College has acquired major art works on permanent loan, including 46 sculptures of Gaston Lachaise (one of the twentieth century's modern masters), eight works of Bruno Lucchesi (one of the leading figurative sculptors of the second half of the century) and 7 works of Toshiko Takaezu (international ceramicist). The College has added three new buildings, including the Miller Family Building, with state-of-the-art science and nursing facilities and the Lachaise art gallery, the Rodale Aquatic Center, with a competition and a fitness pool, and, in 2004, the Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness.

She has developed strategic plans, designed multi-disciplinary programs, restructured institutions, shaped public-private partnerships and raised more than $85 million from individuals, corporations, and public and private foundations. She is a regular columnist in the press, writing on contemporary issues, with particular emphasis on ethical and leadership questions. She has chaired accreditation teams and led Trustee planning retreats.

Currently, Blaney serves as chair of the Board of the Women's Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, and as a Trustee of the Academy of American Poets, the Discovery Center of Science and Technology and the national Council of Independent Colleges.

She is the author of two books, "Careers for Humanists," with Ernest R. May of Harvard University, and "Infinite Possibilities," with David Finn.

Blaney graduated from the Shipley School, and with high honors in Comparative Literature from Cornell University. She was a Woodrow Wilson fellow at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York.

She is married to Dr. Joseph Blaney, the immediate past Director of the United Nations International School in New York City. Her daughter, Hope Harrison, is a history and international affairs professor at George Washington University.

The CASE Achievement Awards Program honoring District IIs talented professionals and volunteers is presented by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with an office in London, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, and development.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession, and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern, while promoting the importance of education worldwide.

CASE's membership includes more than 3,000 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and 42 other countries. As the world's largest nonprofit education association, CASE serves more than 38,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of member institutions and more than 23,500 individual professional members worldwide.

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