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Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Simic honored with lifetime achievement award

May 5, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Curtis R. Simic, president emeritus of the Indiana University Foundation, has been honored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with its Lifetime Achievement Award. CASE has more than 80,000 members worldwide and nearly 3,400 institutional members.

Curt Simic

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Curt Simic

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The Lifetime Achievement Award honors individuals whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of higher education advancement and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their colleagues. According to CASE, the award is presented "whenever a worthy recipient is identified," not necessarily annually.

"Curt discovered his life's work while a student leader at Indiana University," said long-time colleague and current president of the IU Foundation Gene Tempel. "Since then, he has shaped the world of higher education philanthropy through his work and his contributions to the profession."

Simic is recognized as a national leader in fundraising for higher education and, in his more than 40-year career, served at Yale University and the universities of Tennessee, Alabama, Oregon and California-Berkeley, before returning to IU as president of its foundation in 1988. The recipient of many awards and honors, Simic is a presenter and author on development topics and has been an advisor and consultant to many colleges, universities and non-profit organizations.

He helped found the National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations, now a part of CASE, and served on CASE's National Board of Trustees. For many years, he was a faculty member and then dean of the Big Ten Fundraisers Institute.

Simic will receive his award at the CASE 2010 Summit for Advancement Leaders in New York City on July 19.