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A Sanford School of Public Policy video series has been honored with a national 2024 Circle of Excellence Award, Gold level from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

Sanford’s 20 Questions video series was one of only two 2024 national gold award winners recognized in the Digital Campaigns/student-oriented category.

CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards are the premier recognition program for educational advancement. These peer-selected and adjudicated awards celebrate colleges, universities, and schools worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their institutions with resourcefulness and ingenuity. Winners are chosen for overall quality, innovation, use of resources, and the impact on the institution or its communities, such as alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff. 

20 Questions. Anna Gassman Pines smiling, outside, with ice cream cone
Anna Gassman-Pines is Sanford's Senior Associate Dean for Faculty. She took viewers to her favorite Durham ice cream shop.

The eight videos in the 20 Questions series produced in 2023-2024 included:

Commenting on the video series, the CASE judges said, “The video series showcasing leaders in a more personal light was amazing. By going on location, the institution humanized them in a way that resonated with the community. We loved the simplicity and creativity of this campaign, which successfully brought higher-ups out of their professional setting and into their element. This innovative approach made leadership more relatable and accessible.”

“I am thrilled for the 20 Questions video series to be recognized nationally by CASE, and I am thankful to Hannah Otos’ for her ideas and work on this series,” said Carol Jackson, lead producer and the school’s digital strategist. “This video series was created as a way for us to introduce our school leaders in a new way. We asked each person 20 questions “on location,” combining movement and quick conversation. The videos helped to amplify our leaders, and also connect with potential and current students.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement—alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services—and championing education to transform lives and society. To learn more about CASE, visit

Award-winning series

20 Questions with Sanford's Interim Dean Manoj Mohanan

Browse the whole series. 

(Note: Recorded before Mohanan was named interim Dean.)