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Wilkes University Business Professor Morgan Clevenger Receives Award for Research

Morgan Clevenger, assistant professor of business in the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, was awarded an 2016 CASE Award for Outstanding In-Progress Research in Integrated Educational Advancement. Clevenger was recognized for his research project, “Corporate Citizenship in American Higher Education.” Clevenger will receive a cash prize of $2,000 along with an announcement of his scholarship in CASE’s magazine, Currents, and its publication BriefCASE.

CASE – the Council for Advancement and Support of Education -- is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas.

The award is part of the John Grenzebach Awards for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement which recognizes the work of researchers and scholars studying fundraising trends. The research must be beneficial to education advancement in creating strategies in accomplishing philanthropic work.

Clevenger’s research focuses on the “understanding of the inter-organizational relationships between U.S. corporations and American higher education concerns of motivations, expected return on investment, and ethics.”

Focusing on 12 higher education institutions and their business partners, the multiple case study examines corporate citizenship as an extension of Clevenger’s doctoral dissertation, entitled An Organizational Analysis of the Inter-organizational Relationships Between a Public American Higher Education University and Six United States Corporate Supporters: An Instrumental, Ethnographic Case Study Using Cone’s Corporate Citizenship Spectrum.

Schools in the study include public and private colleges and universities, including doctoral, comprehensive master’s and traditional baccalaureate institutions, community colleges and two institutions serving minorities.