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Principal, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.) / Community Volunteer
Cynthia Terry is a longtime resident and community volunteer in Long Beach. Because of her love for education, she received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach and her Master’s in School Management and Administration from Pepperdine University.
Cynthia is happily enjoying retirement as a high school principal from the Long Beach Unified School District, after thirty eight years of a rich, rewarding career.
She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Alpha Omega Chapter and currently serves on the Executive Committee. Additional community involvement includes membership in the Harbor Area (CA) Chapter of The Links, Executive Committee, and the Assistance League of Long Beach, and Pearl Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors. Additional activities include her serving as a St. Matthew Parish Lector, and Junior League of Long Beach, sustaining member. Cynthia’s expertise and personal interest includes organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and leadership development.
As a CSULB Alumni Association Board member and volunteer, Cynthia continuously supports the College of Education, participates on the Grants Committee, assists at Graduation Ceremonies, attends Homecoming activities, volunteers at the Speed Mentoring events, and California Teacher’s Summit and participates in the annual Distinguished Alumni Recognition Ceremony.
Community awards include The 2013 Press Telegram Amazing Women Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2016 Assistance League of Long Beach, President’s Award and the 2017 Make a Difference Award for exemplary leadership and service and the CCEJ 2018 Humanitarian of the Year Award. Additional pastimes and hobbies include walking, jazz concerts, theatre, reading, meditation, book clubs, and traveling.