Staff Spotlight: Cindy Welch

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On December 13, 2021

Cindy Welch

Cindy Welch in the lobby of Parker Hall. Photo by Laura Studyvin/ Missouri S&T.

For 10 years, Cindy Welch has been helping prospective students find their way to Missouri S&T.

As assistant director of admissions, she leads a team of admissions counselors who recruit students from outside the state of Missouri. Cindy and her team travel to college fairs, visit high schools, and host a variety of events, both in-person and virtual.

“I really like meeting prospective students and helping them determine if S&T is the right choice for their college education,” she says. “I also enjoy cultivating relationships with high school counselors, because they care a lot about their students and often recommend colleges to them. Once a counselor comes to campus for a visit, we typically start getting more applications from that school.”

Her duties also include hiring and training new staff members, making data-driven decisions regarding recruitment efforts, and managing projects like the Distinguished Scholars Award competition.

Her advice to other S&T employees? “Remember, if we don’t recruit students, you won’t have a job! Recruiting and retaining good students should be the main focus of every S&T employee.”

Cindy at a glance

Cindy, right, and her daughter, Kristy, model masks that Cindy made.

Hometown: Salem, Missouri

Education: B.S. in business administration, Columbia College, and graduate certificate in leadership and management from Missouri S&T

Favorite S&T memory: Office retreats and counselor campus visits. “Both events have a relaxed, celebratory feel, so the work is really enjoyable.”

People are surprised to learn: Cindy has eight brothers, with a large extended family spread out over Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Favorite foods: Grilled fish, vegetables, coffee and dark chocolate.

Fun fact: One of Cindy’s hobbies is sewing, and she has made over 450 face masks during the pandemic. Other hobbies include travel, photography, flower gardening and bicycling.

Cindy has made over 450 masks, including masks for teens (above) as well as toddlers, children and adults.

Favorite accomplishment: “I am incredibly proud of how my children have grown into responsible, hard-working adults,” she says. “As a respiratory therapist, my daughter saves lives every day, especially during Covid! My son is a successful business owner who builds beautiful homes. If their accomplishments can be attributed to anything I did right, that is the accomplishment that makes me most proud.”

Family: One son, Jay, and wife Sarah; one daughter, Kristy, and husband Bret; and grandchildren Trystan, Grace, Lexi and J.J.

About the Staff Spotlight

Missouri S&T’s Staff Council launched the staff spotlight feature in February 2019 as a way to highlight staff members throughout the university. Legends Bank, Au Bon Pain and the S&T Store are sponsors. The articles are published in eConnection and shared on Staff Council’s Facebook page.

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