Autumn Tooms Cyprès
founding dean of
the College of Applied Human Sciences at Wvu
Autumn Tooms Cyprès is a curious and fired-up learner who has spent 25 years
studying the difference between how leadership is understood and how leadership
is practiced in everyday life. She has traveled many country roads from
a childhood in the Arizona desert to a happy-ever-after home in West Virginia.
Her journey has included service to five universities that serve various
Appalachian communities across the United States.
Cyprès has served communities as a McDonalds cashier, baker, emergency room
clerk, bill collector, chemistry teacher, school principal, professor,
author, change agent, university administrator and now founding dean of
the College of Applied Human Sciences at West Virginia University. She
knows what it feels like to be underestimated, discounted and ignored.
She also knows what it feels like to be heard, inspired and nurtured. In
truth, places of learning can be empowering or soul-crushing. Cyprès’ life’s
purpose is to build bridges with groups of people to ensure places of learning
are as inspiring and nurturing as possible.
Cyprès’ favorite hobby is traveling with her husband, Jean Philippe, and
her favorite place to visit is the future. Building bridges to a future
centered on inspiring learners to embrace a purpose-driven life is her