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BEDFORD – StoneGate Arts & Education Center retiring Executive Director Gene McCracken was honored by the Center’s board of directors Dec. 29, 2020 with a plaque recognizing his years of service to StoneGate and to education.

StoneGate board honors retiring director McCracken


BEDFORD – The Board of Directors of the StoneGate Arts & Education Center held a special session Dec. 29 to pay tribute to retiring Executive Director Gene McCracken.
   The Board recognized McCracken’s leadership and dedication to the Center’s mission and wished him well as he retires at the end of December. Jamie Blackwell, StoneGate Board President, presented McCracken with a plaque honoring his years of service.
   “The Board would like to thank Gene for establishing a firm foundation that we can build upon for the future,” Blackwell said. “Gene has been instrumental in StoneGate’s establishment in the original building and now the transition to our new downtown facility.”
   McCracken has served as the Executive Director since the Center’s inception and has been instrumental in establishing educational partnerships that continue to serve the community.

   “My whole life has been about education and making life better for kids,” McCracken stated. “It’s been a great pleasure serving and we look forward to retirement and travelling as soon as possible.”
   The selection process for McCracken’s successor is underway and an announcement is anticipated in early January.

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   StoneGate Arts & Education Center provides a home to Ivy Tech Community College, Oakland City University and Vincennes University, allowing local residents the opportunity to attend college classes in Lawrence County and obtain college degrees, enroll in personal enrichment classes, certifications or workforce development events.

   StoneGate Center provides meeting spaces to governmental, non-profit, educational, youth and community groups.

StoneGate Arts & Education Center

   StoneGate Arts & Education Center is a 501(c)3 governed by a board of directors, and is overseen by an executive director, assistant director and a custodian.

   StoneGate is funded through the support of :

  • The City of Bedford;
  • The Indiana Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program;
  • The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council (LCEGC).