Cynthia Merle Towsner

Title: Academic Administrator, Educator (Retired)
Company:  U.S. Department Education
Location:  Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Cynthia Merle Towsner, retired academic administrator and educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and administration.

With a hard work ethic instilled in her since her childhood, Mrs. Towsner celebrates a career in education that brought her national recognition throughout the course of her five-decade-long career. She dedicated 29 years to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C., where she impacted education positively through several roles. She concluded her career as a national coordinator of health literacy and literacy volunteers for adults. Previously, she found success as an education program specialist for bilingual vocational training, an educational program specialist for the office of bilingual education and minority languages affairs, acting director for the intergovernmental affairs office, special assistant to the director of the office of intergovernmental and interagency affairs, and special assistant to the commissioner of the rehabilitation services administration. In addition to these influential roles, Mrs. Towsner worked on special projects with the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education and the Educate Program. She has also consulted for R.J. Comer Communications, Inc., and served as vice president of the Dalmahoy Group International.

To prepare for her career, Mrs. Towsner earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in 1961. Committed to her professional development, she completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Maryland until 1965 and later returned to her studies in 1987 as a student at American University. Mrs. Towsner is a certified contracting officer’s representative accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Considered a leader in her field, she has remained active in professional organizations. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, the Association for Career and Technical Education, the Society of Government Meeting Planners, the National Museum of Women in Arts and the National Women’s History Museum. In recognition of her outstanding work, Mrs. Towsner was the recipient of a Meritorious Service Medal from the American Automobile Association, an Honors Award from the Rock Creek Hills Civic Association, a President Award from the Combined Federal Campaign, and a Hammer Award from the vice president of the U.S. When asked of her success, Mrs. Towsner credits her good values, positivity and the love she has for living life to its fullest.

Outside of her professional work, Mrs. Towsner gives back to her community through her civic work. She has volunteered as a tutor for the Laubach Literacy Action and Literacy Volunteers in America, as well as volunteered for the Holy Cross Hospital. She chaired the Youth Rally and the Radiothon Publicity Event for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital to aid leukemia-stricken American children. She was the chair of the International Festival with representatives from various U.S. Embassies located in Washington D.C. In addition, Mrs. Towsner was a member of the Larchmont Elementary School PTA and membership chair and board of directors member for the Citizens for Education in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Mrs. Towsner has a personal passion for amateur photography. Her hobby in this area has led her in earning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in photography at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, 1st and 2nd place ribbons in photography from the Maryland State Fair and an Achievement in Amateur Photography Award from the International Library of Photographs. As she looks ahead to the future, Mrs. Towsner intends to continue in her civic and photography work while seeking new opportunities to volunteer.

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