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UT alumnus wins writing award

University of Texas at Austin alumnus Bruce Cook has been named co-recipient of the Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship for 1998, according to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C. The award, which includes a cash prize, is being presented to Cook and two other award winners at the CASE Annual Assembly, Sunday through Tuesday (July 12-14) in Chicago.

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AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas at Austin alumnus Bruce Cook has been named co-recipient of the Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Published Scholarship for 1998, according to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Washington, D.C. The award, which includes a cash prize, is being presented to Cook and two other award winners at the CASE Annual Assembly, Sunday through Tuesday (July 12-14) in Chicago.

Cook’s winning entry was an article published in the spring 1997 issue of Nonprofit Management & Leadership titled, “Surveying the Major Gifts Literature: Observations and Reflections.”

Cook received a doctorate degree in higher education administration from UT Austin in December, 1994. Dr. William F. Lasher, director of the Higher Education Program and vice provost at UT Austin, directed his dissertation, which was titled “The Role of University Presidents and Chancellors in Fund Raising.” Cook is completing a book this month based on that study and subsequent research, titled Fundraising and the Academic Presidency: History, Theory, Research and Practice. He also is the author of several other published articles on higher education fund raising and philanthropy. A former employee of the University of Texas Investment Management Company, Cook now is a special limited partner with Texas Breakout Ventures Inc., an equity capital company in Austin.

In its 11th year, the Grenzebach Awards competition is named in honor of the late John Grenzebach, founding chairman of Grenzebach Glier & Associates, a development consulting firm in Chicago. Two awards are presented each year: Outstanding Published Scholarship and Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation. Articles, monographs, books and dissertations that addressed some aspect of educational fund raising or philanthropy and were published during the 1996-97 academic year were eligible for the awards.

“The judges were very impressed with Cook’s topic, methodology, originality, readability, and significant contribution to research,” commented Paul Chewning, vice president for professional development at CASE.