The search is over and the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce got their person.
Cassie Hagan, associate director of career services at Wabash College and a Chamber board member, has been selected to be the new executive director.
Both Board Pesident Phil Littell and Hagan said they were delighted with the move.
“I am ready to get to work,” Hagan said.
In her role at Wabash and the Chamber board, Hagan was involved in the Fusion 54 project, and said she is excited to keep that going.
When the city invited Wabash College to be a partner in the Fusion 54 vision, I had the opportunity to collaborate with other community-centered organizations and leaders. It has been exciting to represent Wabash within the collaboration happening at Fusion 54, and I will always be excited about collaboration between my Wabash community and my hometown Montgomery County community,” she explained. “I am really looking forward to taking what I’ve learned about business and community at Wabash and bringing it back to my roots to serve Crawfordsville.
Hagan begins her new job Dec. 2. She will replace interim executive director Charlie Warren. He came in after former director Rick Hernandez left to take a job in the automotive industry.
Given Hagan’s background with the board, the transition should be a smooth one.
“I am extremely proud to associate with this group of individuals,” she said. “They bring a really wide range of skills and experiences to the organization, and know how to roll up their sleeves and tackle a challenge. I was also involved in the Chamber Ambassadors program, a volunteer group that helps the Chamber with membership relations. The Ambassadors have done amazing work through this staffing transition. I really appreciate having all of these individual behind me as I take on the next chapter with the Chamber.
Hagan is president of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy and in addition to her Chamber board seat is a board member for the Montgomery County Educational Foundation. She said she looks forward to building strong relationships with city and county leaders, as well as working with chamber members to help continue growing the business community.
Hagan spent more than six years at Wabash. She is a Montgomery County native with a bachelor of fine arts in photography from Ball State.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities for professional growth I’ve been afforded at Wabash College,” she said. “It’s a truly special place and I have made lifelong friends and learned from tremendous leaders. I will always have a special place (and take a phone call) from a Wabash student or alumnus. It’s been my privilege to serve this community.”
Littell said he‘s looking ahead as well.
“We want to thank all of our members and community partners for their support during this transitional period,” he added.