Athenaeum Foundation names new president

Athenaeum Foundation names new president

Former IMAX Theater Director Craig Mince to succeed Cassie Stockamp

INDIANAPOLIS – The Athenaeum Foundation today announced Craig Mince will be its new president. Mince, a veteran executive of the IMAX Theater at the Indiana State Museum, begins his new role Nov. 5. He will succeed Cassie Stockamp, who is leaving the organization after 10 years to follow her philanthropic passions and travel around the world.

“I look forward to continuing the momentum built by Cassie and others during the past decade,” said Mince. “The Athenaeum is an Indianapolis icon, and this is an unbelievable opportunity to steward its next evolution. As always, the Athenaeum will continue to be a place of conversation, culture and celebration.”

Mince, an Indianapolis native and film connoisseur, graduated from Ball State University. In 2017, the Indianapolis Business Journal selected him for its “Forty Under 40” honor.

Athenaeum Foundation board members cited Mince’s proven leadership, fundraising and relationship-building success as qualities that stood out during the selection process. The board worked in tandem with Stockamp and conducted a national search for the position.

Stockamp plans to assist Mince with the transition before exiting later this year.

“We’re fortunate to have found a new president with the rare combination of experienced leadership and close connectivity to diverse communities throughout Indianapolis,” said Athenaeum Foundation Board Chair Greg Henneke. “Craig’s passion for culture, community and the arts will infuse new ideas and guide the Athenaeum toward an even more promising future.”

Henneke also praised Stockamp for her accomplishments as president.

“On behalf of the board and everyone at the foundation, we thank Cassie for her amazing tenure and highly effective leadership during the past decade,” he said. “We wish her well on this admirable adventure and look forward to following her travels.”

As Mince and Stockamp prepare for the transition, the foundation is also gearing up for the 10th Annual GermanFest, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Athenaeum. Stockamp created GermanFest as the organization’s signature fundraising event, and the 2018 celebration will be her last year at the helm.

“I’m happy for Craig and so excited for the Athenaeum,” she said. ”I know he has what it takes to make the foundation, and events like GermanFest, even bigger and better. Reflecting on my time at the Athenaeum, I’ve received such tremendous support from stakeholders, donors and community leaders, and I can’t begin to thank everyone enough.”


About the Athenaeum

The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups, including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and The Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Register of Historic Places: for architecture and historical significance, as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square Historic District.

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