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CBS People: Cindy Lawson

This recent college graduate and rock n' roller is your gateway to the Dean's Office.

What's your title?

Executive Secretary to Dean Elde

Where do you work?

Office of the Dean

How long have you been at the U?

Since August 29, 2006

Describe something interesting or unusual about your work here?

I am continually amazed by the caliber of students in our college. These kids work so hard and bring so much energy to the school. And I would be remiss if I didn't say that I am truly blessed with great co-workers here in the office. I love my job and having great people around me makes life even better.

You played music for quite some time, tell us about your rock n' roll life.

I originally wanted to be an actress, so I attended Children's Theatre School and then acted in community theater productions around the Twin Cities. When I was 18 I snuck into the Longhorn to see The Suburbs and knew then that I needed to play music. So, I learned to play guitar, drums and write songs (onstage, the punk-rock DIY way!). My first band was with a group of my girlfriends. I would bring my son, Corey, with me to rehearsals and gigs. When he was three, I asked him if he wanted to be a guitar player when he grew up, and he laughed and said, "No way Mom, I'm NOT A GIRL!" I did some touring across the country playing music, and lived in New York City for a brief time. I haven't played since 2005, but I'm still close with my musician friends. I don't miss the creative scene at all, though, because my husband is a McKnight Award-winning photographer, my son is a musician and filmmaker, my older daughter is a musician and my youngest daughter is a visual artist, so I get to live vicariously through all of them.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a voracious reader. I love Margaret Atwood, John Irving, David Sedaris and Chuck Palahniuk. We live near Lake Nokomis, so I try to run around the lake every day (yes, even in the winter). Up until this semester, I've been taking classes to finish my bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies from the College of Continuing Education. I completed my program in December and will be walking at the commencement ceremony in May at the age of 52. I first attended the U in the fall of 1985, so I'm thrilled to be graduating after a mere 28 years. At this rate, I'll get my master's degree in 2024 and my Ph.D. when I'm 82. Eighty is the new 30, you know.


Need to get in touch with Dean Elde? Talk to Cindy first. She can be reached at or 612-624-7747.