Name: Cynthia Gray
Occupation: Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, & Planning
Children: Morgan (16), Hannah (11), Caleb (6)
Pets: Tazzy (dog), Sammy (bird)
Hobbies: Knitting and running
What are a few of your favorite things? Watching my kids do karate, finding five minutes to have a conversation with my husband, cooking, and my job (honestly!)
What three items go in your desert island backpack? My Kindle, a Diet Pepsi, and a pair of running shoes
What’s on your desert island jukebox? Yellowcard, Jim Dale reading Harry Potter, Simon & Garfunkel, and the soundtracks from Wicked, Les Miserables, and 1776
Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? Explain. Nope. I try not to critique unless I think I can do better. Experience with running my own household suggests I should just stay quiet on this one.
Favorite meal? Anything I can sit and eat with family or friends. (I will say the crab and shrimp suizas I had in San Diego recently were pretty awesome, however!)
What can’t you live without? My family and friends.
What do you do in your free time? Free time? Really?!?
If you could be reincarnated, what person/thing would you like to be? One of Nancy McDowell’s dogs!
Who are your heroes? Otto Loewi (anyone who gets up at 3 in the morning, runs to the lab in jammies to conduct an experiment he saw in a dream, and ends up with the Nobel Prize is pretty awesome in my book!) and everyone else who believes in themselves enough to follow a dream.
Which talent would you most like to have/Name a talent you have? Well, I suspect most people would be surprised to know I was a cellist before I got distracted by the whole science thing.
Beatles or Stones? Beatles!
Proudest/ most memorable life changing moment? Running 40 miles on my 40th birthday (with Ann Davies & Alexis Grosofsky) to raise money for MS. The support of family and friends was incredible!
If you were auditioning for American Idol, what song would you sing? I wouldn’t. Trust me.
Below: Cynthia in costume, on the right.