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p24 CrabtreeCrabtree    McKendree University promoted Elizabeth Crabtree to director of the Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center of the Arts (“the Hett”), effective immediately.
    She succeeds Peter Palermo, who became the executive director of The Sheldon Arts Foundation in St. Louis on Dec. 3, 2018 and directed the Hett since its opening in 2006.
    Opening in November 2006, the 488-seat Hettenhausen Center is a performing arts venue for dance, drama, classical music and jazz. Crabtree was hired as the box office manager in 2014 and promoted to assistant director of patron services in 2017. She has worked closely with Friends of the Hett donors, patrons and guests; assisted in managing more than 250 events per year; and supervised student employees and interns.
    As director, she will manage the artist and speaker selection, scheduling, promotion and production for a wide variety of “McKendree Presents” programs and the McCammon Distinguished Speaker Series. She will also work with the university’s Division of Visual and Performing Arts to present student music and dance performances and theatre productions.
    A resident of O’Fallon, Ill., Crabtree is a member of the Honorary Commanders at Scott Air Force Base, and secretary and board member of the Plains Presenters Consortium. In 2018, she was selected as a David Fraher Future Leaders Scholar by the Arts Midwest organization.
    She earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Park University and is currently pursuing a master of business administration degree in management at McKendree University.