Dr. Mary F. T. Spilde, Leadership Award Recipient

Dr. Mary F. T. Spilde is the 2017 recipient of the CASE District VIII Leadership Award. This award recognizes a CASE District VIII member institution president or head, chancellor, educational system head or CEO for outstanding efforts to promote the understanding and support of education.

Now in her 16th year as president of Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., Dr. Spilde, who recently won the 2016 Howard Cherry Award for Outstanding Administrator from the Oregon Community College Association, has been a tireless champion for community colleges throughout her illustrious 37-year career. more

Edward Olmos
Edward James Olmos, Keynote

Actor and director Edward James Olmos is a pioneer in diversifying the roles and portrayals of Latinos in the media. His memorable roles include Commander William Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. In 1997, he co-founded both the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit organization that produces Latino book festivals across the U.S. Olmos also is the founder and chairman of Latino Public Broadcasting, which focuses on issues affecting Latinos and advocates for diverse perspectives in public television, and an international ambassador for UNICEF.

Gifford Pinchot III
Gifford Pinchot III, Keynote

Gifford Pinchot III is an author, entrepreneur and former blacksmith. Best known as the author of Intrapreneuring: Why You Don’t Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, Pinchot is dedicated to transforming business practice toward environmental and social responsibility. He has launched businesses in manufacturing, software and consulting, and is the founder and president of Pinchot University (formerly Bainbridge Graduate Institute), a top-ranked school of socially and environmentally responsible business. In 2009, he received the Olympus Lifetime of Educational Innovation Award. Pinchot’s work focuses on helping people who believe they have enough talent to make a living making the world better as well as fostering social systems that make it profitable to trust people to be freer and more creative.

Ginny Clark
Ginny Clark, Keynote

Virginia B. Clark is the Smithsonian’s assistant secretary for advancement, overseeing the Office of Advancement, which builds non-appropriated financial support for the Smithsonian. She directs Smithsonian-wide development activities and oversees the $1.5 billion Smithsonian Campaign, the largest capital campaign to date for a cultural institution. Clark previously served as vice president for development and alumni relations at the University of Pennsylvania, and under her leadership, the university received the 2003 CASE Award for Overall Performance. She currently serves as a trustee for Salem International University in West Virginia, and is a director on the CASE board.
























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