At an event held Aug. 7, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) honored Dean of Alumni Emeritus Dr. Richard “Dick” McCracken by officially naming its newest office facility the McCracken House.
Since 1964, McCracken has served Incarnate Word in many capacities as an English professor, director of public relations, and as dean of alumni relations and planned giving. He has served six presidents helping some to transition into their new role. In 2005, he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters.
Much has changed since 1964. McCracken recalls when more than 60 nuns in habits taught, worked and lived on campus. Lay faculty numbered less than 20, and cows grazed in pastures across the river from the Blue Hole. Now semi-retired, McCracken continues to serve the UIW Mission as dean of alumni emeritus. As friend to countless former students, faculty, administrators, donors and Sisters, he is a vital link to Incarnate Word’s past, present and future.
The McCracken House is located at 102 Mount Erin Pass and is home to UIW’s Department of Alumni & Parent Relations, Office of Development, Office of Public Relations and the Alamo Heights Office of the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP).