Valencia assumes chair of professional advancement group

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Valencia assumes chair of professional advancement group

Steve Valencia, associate vice president for University Relations at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently assumed the chairmanship of District IV for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the group’s annual conference in Houston.

Valencia will chair the group until April 2016.

CASE is the world’s largest organization for professionals involved in educational advancement. District IV represents nearly 200 colleges, universities and independent schools in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Nearly 3,000 professionals involved in fundraising, marketing, communications and alumni relations are members of District IV.

“I am honored to have the trust of my colleagues to lead the organization for the next two years,” Valencia said. “Our work as advancement professionals is becoming more important every day, and CASE provides the platform for us to grow in the profession.”

Valencia has held various leadership positions in the group, including chair-elect, treasurer and state director for Oklahoma. He chaired the group’s 2009 annual conference in Oklahoma City.

“As the chair, I will have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues from some of the largest universities in the nation, such as Texas, Texas A&M and LSU,” he said. “They will get to learn a lot more about Northwestern and the work that is being done at our smaller schools.”

 Valencia will join other district chairs from around the nation and representatives from CASE Europe, CASE Asia-Pacific and CASE America Latina in July at the CASE International Summit in New York City.