Cassandra “Sandye” McCraw, graduate admissions specialist at the Graduate School and international education, will retire from the U of A on July 29, after 36 years of service with the institution.
McCraw started college in 1985 after earning a bachelor’s degree in history from Hendrix. She first served at the Mullins Library before moving to Graduate and International Admissions in 2001, first as an International Credential Assessor and later as a Student Application Specialist.
His colleagues will miss his warm attitude, his strong work ethic and his spirit of collaboration.
“She has a warm heart and is considerate and supportive of every candidate,” fellow candidate Kimberly London wrote in 2020 during a recognition for her 35th year at college. “With a professional demeanor, she provides excellent service to applicants, faculty, and program staff. She is an unsung hero, and we can always count on her to get the job done right.”
“Our office is made better by his presence, humor and lively storytelling style,” London added. “It is truly an honor to recognize Sandye and thank her for her service.”
While McCraw was a famous employee within GSIE, she also passionately pursued hobbies in her spare time. She is a longtime member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and participates in historical re-enactments of the Middle Ages through the group. She loves cross stitch and is a lifelong learner, regularly attending college classes since graduating more than three decades ago. Additionally, she and her husband, Steven Boyd, enjoy traveling and attending plays and musicals. She also has a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren.
“She’s been a wonderful colleague and friend,” said Beverly Lackey, another graduate admissions specialist. “Although I will lose her as a colleague, I am grateful that she is still my friend. Her work ethic and outstanding personality will be missed.”
“We have been so fortunate that an employee like Sandye has dedicated more than 35 years of her life to the university,” said Curt Rom, Dean of Graduate School and International Education. “Sandye has been a constant and brilliant presence at our school since she arrived here over 20 years ago. She has been a model employee serving the institution, facilitating the admission of thousands of graduate students. We are sad to see her go but I wish her the best for her retirement.”
Those wishing to wish McCraw well in retirement are encouraged to contact her by email at [email protected]