Dr. Cynthia E. Crawford

Extension Professor and State Specialist
Marshall, Missouri
United States

Focus Areas

Economic Security
Community Development
Economic Development
Rural Development
Higher Education
Leadership Development


Dr. Cynthia Crawford is a University of Missouri Extension professor and state specialist bringing leadership to a retirement planning education project that reaches out to 30,000 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 presented 3500 fact to face workshops and classes on financial education, leadership, management and donor education to over 200,000 individuals. In more than 30 years of educational efforts, she has driven 500,000 miles, traveled all across the United States and around the world as a W. K. Kellogg International Leadership Fellow. She loves to travel and claims she can be packed and ready to leave her home in Marshall, MO in 30 minutes. Degrees include an undergraduate education degree from Truman State -- Kirksville. Also, a master's, educational specialist and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She models life-long education and is currently studying positive psychology at Mizzou. Cynthia and her husband Robert, a retired attorney, have been married 40 years and have a daughter this is a money laundering detection expert and a son that is a nuclear medicine technologist. They love being grandparents. She is a University of Missouri Extension faculty member, a scholar, an entrepreneur and business owner, radio personality, researcher and problem solver, Mizzou football fan, International traveler, cattle rancher and tree farmer.