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ISU Stevenson Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Beverly and Frank pose
Mary Cullen
lllinois State University Stevenson Center Senior Assistant Director Beverly Beyer and Director Frank Beck.

The Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development at Illinois State University holds itself accountable for creating tomorrow’s leaders in McLean County.

That’s according to the program’s Senior Associate Director Beverly Beyer.

“We know that there’s going to be a generational shift occurring with people retiring and people may not be as drawn to those difficult roles with government and nonprofits,” Beyer said. “And so we see our role as cultivating those leaders of the future.”

Beyer said the program has more than 220 alumni and a current class of 12.

Director Frank Beck said the Stevenson Center serves as ISU’s public outreach arm.

“We’re unique in that the education that the students are seeking is the vehicle by which they provide service,” he said.

Beck said one of the projects that Stevenson Center students have worked on is the McLean County jail project. He said there are also partnerships with the Illinois Department of Employment Security and state education agencies.

The anniversary events kick off on Sept. 28 when the program’s founder, Bob Hunt, will be inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Celebration events continue the following week.

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