Anita Walton, director of alumni relations at North Carolina Central University, will assume the chair of CASE District III Board of Directors at the organization’s annual conference Feb. 17–20. CASE is the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, an international professional association for education fundraising, marketing/communications and alumni relations staff. The role of district chair is voluntary and quite demanding.
“I am committed to the advancement profession,” said Walton. “I know that the work that we do every day gives us the opportunity to change lives. My CASE colleagues and the resources of the association have been extremely helpful to me in my efforts to become a better advancement executive. This is an opportunity to give back to an organization that has invested so much in me.”
Advancement staff members are of vital importance to the educational system. They promote the benefits of education and solicit private support so that more students have access to higher education and the institutions have the resources they need to become world-class.
With more than 3,500 fullmembers, District III is the second largest of eight CASE districts. The volunteer-driven organization serves advancement professionals from a diverse mix of independent schools, community colleges and public and private colleges and universities in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
The District has a sophisticated succession plan for its chairs. Walton has served two years shadowing the current chair as the chair-elect. She will next serve two years as chair and a final two in 2016-17 as the immediate past chair.
Walton’s primary responsibilities as chair include selecting the remaining members of the nearly 40-person board, overseeing the planning and educational programs for the 2014 and 2015 district conferences, and establishing the particular goals and objectives for her tenure.
“We will advocate for legislation to support education at the state and federal level,” said Walton. “I also intend to build on initiatives of my predecessor, Tina Kauffmann. The first is to focus support for Affiliated Student Advancement Programs, because these students are our future advancement professionals. The second is to ensure that members from all the various institution types and disciplines feel that CASE is addressing their particular needs—that they feel welcome and included in CASE.”
Walton has been NCCU’s director of alumni relations since 2009. She holds an undergraduate degree from UNC–Chapel Hill and a master’s degree from N.C. State University in higher education administration with a concentration in student development.