Budde Retiring with 23 Years of Service to CJ

From watching her own kids, to supporting the hundreds of students who come through the doors of CJ every day, Cindy Budde will missed after her retirement at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Budde first came to CJ in 1994, but she had been a part of the CJ community before that.

"I was a stay-at-home mom for about 15 years, my kids were all in school and it felt like the right time to go back to work," Budde said. "I graduated from high school with Jim Brooks and he mentioned an opening in the development office.  My son was a sophomore at CJ and I was a parent volunteer, so I was familiar with CJ and decided to apply for the position."

Budde began her time at CJ in the development office when, now president, Dan Meixner '84 was the development director.

"In the summer of 1998 I interviewed for the administrative assistant to the president position and was hired," Budde reflected. "I've held that position until now."

Budde has been essential in the planning of the President's Dinner each year and the school's scholarship program. She has also volunteered at the CJ Reunion Weekend and has shared a smile with anyone who visits the Welcome Center. During the 2014 Distinguished Alumni awards, Budde was named to the Honorary Alumni.

When asked what she will miss the most, Budde said, "The people, of course! I've met some amazing people over the almost 23 years I've been at CJ who have influenced my life and made it better.  There will definitely be a hole in my life when I don't get to see them every day.

"I'd like to thank all the wonderful people I've worked with over the years for making my journey so special," Budde continued. "I love CJ and it will be forever in my heart."

Friends and former students shared their well wishes for Budde on the CJ Facebook and CJ Alumni Facebook pages. Here are just some of their comments:

  • Julie Sears Chmiel: Congratulations Cindy. Enjoy!
  • Heather Zobrist Cuthrell: Congratulations! Enjoy your retirement!!
  • Rosie Drummer Miller: Congratulations Cindy. Thanks for your many years of awesome service.
  • Dan Redmond: Congrats! Thanks for your commitment!
  • Ann Shock: CJ is going to miss you. Enjoy your well deserved retirement!
  • Shannon Ramsay Speelman: Congrats! Enjoy your next journey in life!

Posted April 20, 2017