CASE Confirmed: V-C Richard is ‘Leader of the Year’
Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, was named CASE-Europe Leader of the Year in 2007 for her exemplary energy and commitment to the development of Cambridge as a 21st century research university.
The annual leadership awards from the European office of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education were created in 1999 to recognise leaders of CASE-member institutions who have shown exceptional initiative in promoting education.
CASE is the premier professional organisation for development, fundraising and communications practitioners working in education. Originally a US group, it now has over 3,000 universities and schools as members in 54 countries world-wide. Since the European office opened in 1994, 200 educational institutions in Great Britain and Continental Europe have joined the Council. Last year’s recipient of the leadership award was Gabriel Hawawini, then Dean of INSEAD, the French business school.
Professor Richard was installed as the 344th Vice-Chancellor of the University in 2003. An anthropologist with a degree from Cambridge and a doctorate from the University of London, she joined the faculty of Yale University in America in 1972, becoming Provost of Yale in 1994. As Provost Professor Richard strengthened Yale’s financial position and increased the University’s academic programmes.
Within two years of her appointment as Vice-Chancellor at Cambridge, she launched the ambitious £1 billion Cambridge 800th Anniversary Campaign to secure and enhance the University’s future. Letters received by the CASE nominating committee cited additional examples of her impact on Cambridge: Ground-breaking financial and academic policy initiatives on the domestic and international fronts, the encouragement of staff innovation and entrepreneurship and a managerial style described as open and ‘can-do’.
Professor Richard received her CASE award at a ceremony in London in October.
Added: 8 November 2007