With grace, kindness and an unyielding devotion to our students' success, Cynthia Caird has made it possible for talented and deserving Hobart and William Smith students to realize their professional and personal goals.
Cynthia Caird has traveled the world in her career with the airline industry where, for nearly 20 years, she cultivated a global perspective that has shaped her worldview and fueled her intellectual curiosity. As a fundraiser and special events planner for the United Service Organizations, she traveled extensively and was instrumental in lifting the morale of United States troops around the world. These experiences nurtured in her the belief that higher education must teach students to be 21st century citizens who have an important understanding of multiple peoples and cultures.
With her husband, James F. Caird '56, Cynthia Caird has been devoted to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, connecting alums with friends and hosting events and campaign receptions in her home. With boundless enthusiasm, she has also made Hobart and William Smith a focus of her philanthropy. In 2007, the Colleges named Caird Hall in honor of Cynthia and James Caird. This award-winning residence hall was cited in The New York Times as being a model of ingenuity and sophisticated design. Through her generosity and that of her husband, in 2009, Cynthia Caird made it possible to create the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation, providing broad-reaching support for all students through intramural, club sports and wellness initiatives. The Caird Center for Sports and Recreation also contains the facilities that house nearly two-thirds of HWS varsity athletes, including the lacrosse, squash, tennis and football teams.
In addition to the support of capital projects, Cynthia Caird has funded student scholarships, including the James '56 and Cynthia L. Caird Endowed Scholarship Fund to support students from Albany, N.Y., with preference given to graduates of James Caird's secondary school, Albany Academy. A dedicated volunteer in her California and Florida communities, she is regularly recognized for her charitable work and her promotion of the arts and theatre.