Cynthia “Cie” C. Cochran
Special Projects Coordinator
(University of Miami, 2001)
Throughout her education and career, Omicron Delta Kappa has remained an important part of Cie Cochran’s life. Over the past 18 years, her involvement has ranged from serving as a circle president, a term as the East Caucus student representative for the Society Board of Directors, a member of the Council of Regional Directors for Region 1 and vice chair of that group for one term. She has also served as a faculty secretary, a member-at-large on the Board of Directors, and chair of the National Advisory Council. She also re-chartered the University of Miami’s O∆K alumni circle in her service. In more recent years, Cie has served on the Board of Trustees and as the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force. She is a 2004 recipient of Omicron Delta Kappa’s Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award and a 2022 recipient of the Society’s Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award.
Cie is working with the National Headquarters in the 2022-23 academic year to support the search for the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Omicron Delta Kappa. She is also assisting with the promotion of the Society’s member benefits. In addition, Cie is the owner of SMT Grant and Non-profit Services and serves as an independent grant writer and non-profit liaison for organizations in the region.
Cie earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Miami where she also started her career in higher education. Early in her career, Cie worked in the Department of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. She continued her work with students and leadership development at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. where she worked in the Center for Student Involvement. Cie then began a career in alumni relations and served as the director of alumni engagement for the University of Miami Alumni Association where she was responsible for the management of alumni weekend, reunions, and affinity engagement initiatives. Following her career at Miami, Cie left higher education to work as the director of development for a women’s shelter.
In addition to attending as many Miami Hurricane football games as possible, Cie enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and volunteering in the community. Cie currently serves on the boards for several local organizations focused on youth in the arts and the human services sector. Cie is also a proud Cub Scout Den Leader and Girl Scout Troop Leader. Cie and her husband Myles Cochran (University of Miami, 2002), along with their three children, presently live in Bentonville, Ark.