About Dr. Cynthia McCarty

Dr. Cynthia McCarty is a longtime resident of Alabama and passionate supporter of education. She was elected to the Alabama State Board of Education in 2014 and began serving in 2015.  As a university professor and a mother of three, Cynthia understands the importance of a world-class education system for Alabama’s children.

Cynthia grew up in Auburn and attended Auburn University. After graduating with a degree in International Trade, Cynthia went to work for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham. She received her MBA from Samford University in 1986, and went on to earn her PhD. in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Cynthia began her career in education at Jacksonville State University 23 years ago. She has taught in the Economics Department at JSU since 1990. Today, she is a professor of Economics at the University and is the Director of JSU’s Center for Business and Free Enterprise Education and Entrepreneurship.

Cynthia has also been involved with several organizations focusing specifically on the need for economics education in Alabama’s public schools. She is a member of the National Business Educators Association, the American Economics Association, and the Alabama Council for Social Studies. She has previously served as a Board Member for the Alabama Council on Economic Education. Cynthia has authored or co-authored 14 published academic articles and has presented numerous times on the state of Alabama’s economy and economic education in K-12 schools.

Cynthia and her husband, Pat, are the proud parents of three children, Ethan, William and Daniel. They attend Grace Episcopal Church and live in Anniston.