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Distinguished Donor Spotlight ~ Cynthia Crocker

Cynthia Crocker believes that everyone who has a dream should have the opportunity to pursue it. She also believes that education is a powerful agent for personal, professional, and social change. Those principles have guided her to change the lives of NIU College of Business students as a philanthropist, mentor, an active member of the NIU Foundation board of directors, and a member of the President's Circle and Founders Forum.

Cynthia's desire to help others pursue their dreams is fueled by her gratitude for having had the opportunity to pursue her own. Looking back, the accomplished business leader modestly credits much of her success to "luck and being at the right place at the right time." However, she also cites hard work and the solid education she received at NIU.

Retired from her role as Senior Vice President for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Equity Group, Cynthia now devotes her talent and energy to philanthropic endeavors. At NIU, the Crocker Scholarship in Business supports the next generation of business leaders through a generous endowment. In addition, she has been a caring and inspiring mentor to young women majoring in business. The annual Crocker Program for Emerging Business Leaders touches the lives of 40+ students each year.

Cynthia and her husband, Doug, have also generously supported education through endowments at Milton Academy, DePaul, and Harvard. Working to enrich her community, Cynthia serves on the board's outreach commission as a Sanibel Community Association board member. She and Doug are members of the Presidents' Council of the New Bedford Art Museum where Cynthia focuses on the children's education program.

Whether watching Cynthia interact with students or reading through the thank you letters of her recipients, her impact on their lives is obvious. She has not only made a significant financial investment in their success, her investment extends to them personally as an advocate, mentor, and friend. For many of these talented young women, the time they spent with Cynthia will be among their most influential experiences at NIU.

Although Cynthia may credit much of her early success to luck, you can see there is a lot less luck and a lot more heart in Cynthia's work today - and now NIU College of Business students are the lucky ones.