“Cindy has been an essential part of the College’s commitment to building a vibrant alumni community,” said Hull. “Her breadth of experience made her the ideal choice for this important role.”
Bean, a 1975 Austin College alumna, has worked for the College for 15 years, moving from assistant director to associate director of Alumni and Parent Relations.
“I truly value the opportunity to engage with alumni, from Golden ’Roos to the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) clubs,” Bean said. “I love working with people and sharing my enthusiasm for the College. The biggest joy is watching the freshmen come in and seeing the individuals we’ve developed when they graduate four years later.”
In 2008, Bean was honored with the Austin College Homer P. Rainey Award for outstanding commitment and service to the College. The award is presented annually to a staff or faculty member by the College’s Board of Trustees.
Bean also has served as a sponsor for the College’s Kappa Gamma Chi sorority for over 25 years and, in spring 2010, was the first honoree of the E. Don Williams Outstanding Greek Sponsor award. The award is voted on by the leadership of the Greek system.
Cindy and her husband, Paul, also an Austin College graduate, live in Sherman.
Austin College is a leading national independent liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name, the college is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, Austin College is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges that Change Lives.