Press Release - USM Vice Chancellor John K. Martin Receives CASE Award
May 7, 2002
USM Vice Chancellor John K. Martin Receives CASE Award
John K. Martin, vice chancellor for advancement for the University System of
Maryland (USM) and president of the University of Maryland Foundation (UMF),
has been named a winner of a 2002 Commonfund Award, one of three being given
by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the single
largest nonprofit education association. Martin will receive the
Professional Leadership Award for a foundation with assets over $100 million
during the annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations,
taking place May 8-10 in Chapel Hill, NC.
The Professional Leadership Award is part of the 2002 CASE Commonfund
Institutionally Related Foundation Awards. The awards were established to
honor individuals who have made "extraordinary contributions to the
advancement, quality, and effectiveness of their foundations and
organizations and to the community of institutionally related foundations as
a whole," according to CASE. Institutionally related foundations are
nonprofit corporations dedicated to the support of individual colleges,
universities, and university systems. They raise and manage private
resources to support the missions of the institutions with which they are
Under Martin's guidance, the UMF endowment has grown twentyfold,
outperforming the Standard & Poor's Register for the last 10 years and
ranking in the top three percent among all university endowments for
Currently serving as treasurer of CASE, Martin has served in many other
positions as a CASE trustee. He has chaired the National Committee for
Institutionally Related Foundations and has served as chair and faculty for
numerous CASE and Association of Governing Boards (AGB) conferences.
A veteran of 33 years of higher education management, Martin is responsible
for USM development, governmental affairs, and public relations. As
president of the UMF, he guides an independent corporation with assets of
$450 million that was established to receive gifts and manage property and
endowment funds for the USM institutions. The UMF is currently involved in a
$700 million capital campaign to advance the academic goals of the USM,
doubling its endowment.
In a letter supporting Martin's nomination, James Copeland, president of the
Medical Foundation of North Carolina, notes Martin's well-known expertise in
fundraising and the "magnificent increases in giving and support he has
secured" for the USM.
Regarding Martin's leadership within the profession, Copeland said, "John
Martin has set an example for advancement professionalism throughout the
institutionally related foundation community."
Richard Legon, executive vice president of the Association of Governing
Boards (AGB), characterized Martin as a national voice and change agent.
"Working with both CASE and the Association of Governing Boards, John has
contributed to the development of an extensive portfolio of services focused
on the continuing education needs of foundation CEOs and volunteers who
serve on affiliated foundation boards," Legon said.
Martin's other professional and community leadership roles include
membership on the CASE Board of Trustees, the CASE Investment Committee and
Marketing Committee; and chairmanship of the CASE National Committee of
Foundations. He also has led the Steering Committee for the AGB Leadership
Forum for Public University Foundation Executives, and served as a board
member at the House of Ruth in Baltimore.
According to CASE President Vance T. Peterson, "Recipients of this year's
awards all share a profound commitment to the highest levels of professional
service, accountability, and organizational performance. They also share a
firm belief in the pivotal role that foundations play in continuing the
strong tradition of private support for educational institutions."
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional
organizations for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni
relations, communications, and development. 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. It
serves more than 38,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of its
member institutions and has more than 23,500 professional members on its
The CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards are supported
by Commonfund, which provides fund-management services and investment advice
to educational institutions, hospitals, foundations, and other nonprofit