Mary C. names new Executive Director

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education is in new hands now. Susan McClamroch was just hired as the new Executive Director of the center, and she says the future is bright.

On the job just a couple of weeks, McClamroch says she's ready to move every program and project forward.

"First of all, I'm following in the footsteps of some very strong leadership, so I am pleased to work with what they have established," McClamroch said.

According to McClamroch, she wants to make the Mary C. more of a household name.

"We're still a little bit of a hidden jewel. So, we do want to make everyone aware that we're here, and invite everyone to come participate in our programming."

Another goal is establishing internships and practicums for students studying education, tourism, and the arts. She also wants to add her own twist. She whimsically said that she wanted to add more "edutainment," a word she coined to describe the educational component that most of the entertainment has at the Mary C.

Employees say they're excited about the future. Sheila Thornburg is over programming and operations at the cultural center. She expressed that McClamroch's multiple masters in art and history will add a degree of experience that the Mary C. needs.

"We're going have a great year coming up. Susan's going be a huge asset for us," said Thornburg.

McClamroch wants the Mary C. to be a place for inspiration and education. After all, she received a bit of both here. She attended junior high in the building that now houses the cultural center, and she says it's like coming home.

A public reception is being planned in honor of McClamroch for the near future at the Mary C.

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