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Bill Strickland - Executive Chairman, Manchester Bidwell Corporation

Bill Strickland is the President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) and Bidwell Training Center (BTC). His duties include implementing major fund-raising plans; working with Boards of Directors and an Industry Advisory Board; encouraging participation of corporate executive officials from major multi-national Pittsburgh corporations. Strickland has completed the development of a new 40,000 square-foot production greenhouse for agricultural training, a 70,000 square-foot medical technology complex, and a 62,000 square-foot facility as a mortgage free asset for both MCG and BTC. The facilities include a 350-seat music/lecture hall, library, arts studios and labs, dining and meeting rooms, and audio and video recording studios.

Throughout his career, Strickland has been honored with awards. In 1999, he was presented with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Arts Leadership and Service Award. In 1998, he received the Kilby Award and “Coming Up Taller” Award presented in a White House ceremony by first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 1996, he received with the MacArthur “Genius” Award for leadership and integrity in the arts.

He has served as Chairman of the Expansion Arts Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and served a six-year Presidential appointment as a Council Member to the NEA. He was also a Council Member on the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, a trustee at the Carnegie Museums, and a Consultant with the British/American Arts Association in London, England. In 2002, Strickland was sworn in as a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He also serves as a consultant, grant evaluator and mentor in the field of arts and arts education, community and workforce development training.

Strickland was born in Pittsburgh in 1947, and graduated from David B. Oliver High School in 1965. In 1969, he earned a bachelor’s degree in American history and foreign relations from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated cum laude. Strickland, his wife Rose and daughters Julie and Olivia, reside on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

http://www.manchesterbidwell.org/

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