Cynthia (Cyndi) Nance

Nearly a century after the University of Arkansas admitted its first African-American law student in 1922, the School of Law appointed Cynthia (Cyndi) Nance dean from 2006 through 2011, a position that earned her the distinction of being the first African-American and first woman in the position. But Nance, a self-professed Lutheran, says she “wants to be known as a lawyer of faith.” Nance, an internationally recognized expert in labor law, urges students and others in the profession to “approach your life in the law with the heart of a servant.” She currently serves as Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Nance earned a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and a master’s in finance and law degree from the University of Iowa.