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Who is Cindi Manning?

June 9, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A portrait of an older woman wearing glasses.
Cindi Manning, chemistry and biochemistry resources coordinator / procurement and finance coordinator in physics and astronomy.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

Cindi Manning is a solutions-driven person, a trait that serves her well as a coordinator for several departments in the Science Center, but do you know about her most recent accomplishment? Find out in this installment of Who Am I?


Department and location on campus: I work in the chemistry and biochemistry and physics and astronomy departments in the Science Center.

Job title: Chemistry and Biochemistry Resources Coordinator / Procurement and Finance Coordinator in Physics and Astronomy

What does your job entail? I support chemistry and biochemistry as the facilities department manager and safety liaison. This includes project management working closely with our building manager, facilities, and the Environmental Health and Safety officer, as well as working on creating a safe environment in the department. I oversee the purchase of large equipment from order to installation. I also monitor all budgets and funding. For physics and astronomy, I oversee the operating budget and endowed funds and act as purchaser for the department.

How many years at Oberlin? 29 years this August

Favorite place in Oberlin and why? Before COVID-19 changed our habits, I enjoyed meeting my friends for lunch at the Mandarin, where the owner not only knew our favorite meals, but also our favorite booth. I am excited to make new memories soon.

What do you enjoy most about your job? Solving problems. I am a solutions-driven person. Whether it be faculty, staff, or students in need of assistance, I am at my best when asked to help.

What do you enjoy most about the field of science? Although my direct work is in administration, I am in awe of the science that takes place in our building. Our faculty are so engaged with their research and teaching students. Our students are so eager to learn; their achievements here and afterwards are truly amazing. Knowing that all this is taking place helps me through the tough days.  

Nickname(s)? Buttercup and Cindi Lou Who

Favorite Song? Anything I can dance to.

Favorite food? Chocolate

Favorite Movie? I enjoy movies with positive messages. One I watch to keep me focused is The Secret: Dare to Dream with Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas.

Recent Accomplishments: After watching our young students for so many years, I felt a nudge to go to college. It took approximately 10 years to reach my goal, taking classes in between working full time, dealing with health concerns, and assisting my parents in their final years. I kept going back until I acquired my certificate in Public Administration in 2020, receiving A's in every course. I believe strongly in helping others and plan on using my education to serve those in need. 

Favorite Quote? "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results," by Albert Einstein.


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