A familiar face is returning to Stephenville and the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council (CTFAC).

Julie Crouch, a Stephenville native, Tarleton State University graduate and former CTFAC intern, was recently named the new executive director for the organization.

“We are excited to have Julie join our leadership,” Marianne Mullins, president of the board, said. “Her background and enthusiasm will compliment our mission.”

Crouch, whose duties will include fund-raising, membership expansion and promoting the visibility of the CTFAC on a local and regional level, said her homecoming has already proved worth the move.

“I am obviously excited about this position because I have a lot of history with it. I also wanted to be closer to family and it’s always nice to come back home,” Crouch said. “Everyone has been so kind and excited and that is contagious because it makes me excited. It’s just been a very warm reception.”

Crouch possesses more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing and fund-raising. One of her first jobs after college was working with the Texas Arts Council and she has worked in Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville and Little Rock.

While working in Los Angeles for St. Vincent Medical Center, she announced the historic human encapsulated islet cell transplant and was responsible for creating a worldwide outreach program for diabetics.

“Julie was chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants,” James Kimbel, vice-president of the board, said. “She brings an incredible combination of experience, skills and passion to this position. She is exactly the type of person we hoped to find. We are confident she will lead this organization through its next stage.”

Crouch said she is looking forward to her future with the arts council, especially celebrating its 30th anniversary year.

“I am excited about (the anniversary) and want to stay true to the mission and expand on some of the goals they have,” Crouch said. “(My plans include) a new signature event for the arts council and building on the good foundation that has been laid before me.”