Carson-Newman's Vickie Butler earns prestigious CASE award

Campus News | February 17, 2016

Vickie Butler

(Feb. 17, 2016) – Carson-Newman University’s Vickie Butler has been named the 2016 Mentor of the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for District III. Butler serves as Carson-Newman’s associate vice president for Advancement and executive director of Alumni Relations.

Butler was recognized on Tuesday at the CASE District III Conference in Nashville.

The Mentor of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made an impact on other advancement professionals through their mentorship. Candidates are nominated by a mentee who has benefited from their leadership and guidance.

“Vickie has always been a mentor to me,” said Amy Reed, Carson-Newman’s associate director of Alumni Relations, who has worked with Butler since she was a Carson-Newman student, some 20 years ago. “She willingly shares her vast knowledge, experiences and compassionate heart with those serving alongside her,” said Reed. “These attributes coupled with her pursuit for quality provide a rare mix and glimpse into an excellent leader and mentor.”

Butler earned her bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman before receiving the master of science degree from the University of Tennessee. She began her professional career as a public school teacher in Knox County before moving into a government role in Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander’s administration. She then joined Carson-Newman in 1989, overseeing the Alumni Relations Office. She has also served as director of development and has been instrumental in fundraising and nurturing friendships for her alma mater.

CASE is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City. It is a professional association serving educational institutions and advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE District III covers the southeastern US, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.