Current Term: 2015-2019
Dr. Cynthia McCarty is a longtime resident of Alabama and a passionate supporter of education. As a university professor and a mother of three, Dr. McCarty understands the importance of a world-class education system for Alabama’s children.
Dr. McCarty grew up in Auburn, where she attended Auburn City Schools. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in International Trade, Cynthia went to work for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham. She received her MBA from Samford University and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Dr. McCarty began her career in education at Jacksonville State University (JSU) in 1990, where she is now a Professor of Economics in the College of Commerce and Business Administration. For the past 20 years Dr. McCarty has also served as the Director of JSU’s Center for Business and Free Enterprise Education and Entrepreneurship. The Center provides professional development for K-12 teachers and education students, especially in the areas of economics, social studies, and personal finance.
Dr. McCarty has also been involved with several other organizations. She currently serves as president of 3E, an organization that strives to enhance the connections between the business community and area schools. She is a member of the Alabama Council for Social Studies and has previously served as a Board member of the Alabama Council on Economic Education. Active in area Chambers of Commerce, she graduated from Leadership Calhoun County in 1999 and taught several sessions of Youth Leadership Calhoun County. In recognition of her contributions to the field of economics, Dr. McCarty was inducted into the Alabama Educator’s Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dr. McCarty and her husband are members of Grace Episcopal Church, where she has taught Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School. They live in Anniston.
Dr. McCarty was elected to the Alabama State Board of Education in 2014.