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Cindy Treadway

Cindy Treadway

Graduate Advisor

Meinders School of Business
At OKCU since 2002, plus a stint in the late 1980s

Interview by Jim Abbott

In only took me two minutes in my visit with Cindy Treadway to get a sense of the passion that she has for her job! Cindy is a bundle of energy, surrounded by stacks of paper that all lead to and describe the students that she serves in her role as Graduate Advisor in the Meinders School of Business. See below excerpts from my time spent recently with Cindy. I encourage you to stop by and say hello to Cindy in her office located on the first floor of MSB.

JA: How long have you been at OKCU, and how many different roles have you had?

CT: I first worked at OKCU in the late 1980s in Law School Admissions and then Advancement. After working in the local non-profit sector, I returned to OKCU in 2002 as the graduate advisor at MSB. Since then my title hasn’t changed, but my role has expanded as we have created new degree and certificate programs.

JA: What do you do in your current position?

CT: I share information about master’s degrees with prospective students, shepherd them through the application process, and assist them all the way to graduation.

JA: What are some of the changes you’ve seen in your time on campus?

CT: I had the pleasure of working at MSB when we moved from what is now the School of Dance to our incredible building in 2004.

JA: How do you interact with other departments on campus?

CT: I try to provide an in-person orientation for each new graduate student at MSB. We review academic requirements, make sure they can successfully log in to all the systems, and review their account charges. By doing this, I work regularly with staff across campus, including from the bookstore, Campus Tech, Registrar, and Student Accounts. This has been such a good way to get to know staff who always go above and beyond (and are really nice and funny, too). I have also had the pleasure of working with many staff members across campus taking advantage of our awesome tuition remission benefit toward a master’s degree at MSB.

JA: What is your favorite part about working at OKCU?

CT: I love working with the students. They share so much of themselves as they make the big decision to invest time and money into pursuing a graduate degree. I like being a part of their process. I also love the culture at MSB from the dean all the way down. It’s positive, and everyone encourages ideas to be shared so we provide the best possible experience for our students.

JA: What is something that most people don’t understand about our graduate student population?

CT: I learn so much from our graduate students, who span age ranges, backgrounds, and areas of experience. My worldview has expanded thanks to our international students who are generous in sharing their culture as they experience ours. I can’t imagine the bravery it would take to move to another country to pursue a master’s degree.

JA: What’s something interesting about you that people may not know?

CT: I help coordinate the Edmond CROP Walk that raises money to fight hunger and poverty around the world, as well as through five local non-profits. I like working with this ecumenical group and am proud of the support we provide each year.

JA: Do you have a favorite memory from your time on campus?

CT: My favorite memory at OKCU was observing Jessica Tyner mastermind the move from the old business building to the current site over Christmas break. It was amazing to watch her strategize how to move everyone’s offices and get classrooms set, as well as phones and computers working over the course of three weeks when the university was closed. I am Jessica’s #1 fan!

Three Words to describe Cindy Treadway

Charlie Monnot: Dependable, Thoughtful, Positive
Jason Flores: Selfless, Hard-working, Committed
Steve Agee: Dedicated, Knowledgeable, Dependable
Michael Harrington: Informative, Helpful, Thoughtful
Lynette Martin: Thorough, Helpful, Available