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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Cynthia Crawford

Cynthia Crawford

Cynthia Crawford, PhD
Extension Professor, Extension Director of Donor Education

Phone: (660) 815-2124


PhD, University of Missouri; EdS, University of Missouri; MS, University of Missouri; BSE, Truman State University; AS, Indian Hills College.


Cynthia Crawford is an MU Extension faculty member bringing leadership to a retirement planning education project that targets 20,000 University of Missouri faculty and staff on four campuses as well as residents across the entire state of Missouri. Prior to her current role she served as a regional family financial education specialist for more than 30 years with periodic assignments that included MU Extension director of donor education and Extension faculty recruiter. She has reached over 300 million people via the radio with financial management education and has presented 3500 face to face workshops and classes on financial education, leadership, management and donor education to over 200,000 individuals. A highlight of her career has been traveling the world as a W.K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow (class 1). She models life-long education and is currently studying positive psychology at Mizzou. Cynthia and her husband Robert, an attorney, have two adult children – both graduates of Mizzou. Their daughter is a graduate of the personal financial planning program and works for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and son is a nuclear medicine technologist serving small hospitals all over the Midwest.

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