Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield received a Masters in Business Administration and a doctorate in demography from The University of Chicago. She went on to play a significant role in the achievements of DFA, overseeing the Trading Department and serving as executive vice president until her retirement in 2005.
Through the years, Dr. Sinquefield has had a long history of supporting organizations that enhance music, art and education. She believes strongly that exposure to the arts and quality learning opportunities have life-long benefits for children.
Creating new opportunities for composers
Her passion for music is personal. Dr. Sinquefield is a musician herself, playing string bass in two mid-Missouri orchestras, the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Folk String Orchestra.
She also has been a leader in creating opportunities for young composers, starting back in 2005 with the Creating Original Music Project (COMP), a statewide competition for students in grades K-12.
The success of COMP and Dr. Sinquefield’s passion for original music subsequently led to two gifts totaling $3 million in the University of Missouri to create the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to make Missouri a center for the composition and performance of new music.
In addition to COMP, the Initiative also includes a high school summer camp for composers; scholarships for composition majors; Composer Connection, a distance-learning program; the Mizzou New Music Ensemble; the annual Sinquefield Composition Prize; and the Mizzou International Composers Festival.
The Sinquefield Charitable Foundation’s other musical philanthropies include an ongoing program that commissions musical works inspired by visual art; the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, which supports the performance of new orchestral works; a series of commissioned compositions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sheldon Concert Hall; and sponsorship of three St. Louis seasons of the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.
To date, the Foundation’s support for the composition, performance and recording of new music has resulted in the creation of more than 300 new works by composers of all ages, including 10 for full orchestra.
In April 2015, the University of Missouri and the Sinquefields announced a new donation of an additional $10 million towards the construction of a new music building on the Mizzou campus in Columbia.
Supporting the University of Missouri
Dr. Sinquefield serves on MU’s Steering Committee and her leadership has been recognized by University officials including past President Gordon Lamb, who named her one of the “Missouri 100” for promoting the University’s missions of excellence in teaching, world-class research, and service through scientific discovery.
She also served as a board member for the “All We Call Mizzou” steering committee, which raised $1 billion in five years for scholarships to the University of Missouri.
In July 2016, Dr. Sinquefield was named chair of the University of Missouri System Review Commission, an eight-member group appointed by the Missouri legislature to study the university’s collected rules and regulations, administrative and campus structure, auxiliary enterprises, degree programs, research activities and diversity programs.
Researching potential benefits of Neurofeedback
Dr. Sinquefield is a director of the Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to neurofeedback, a technology in which individuals learn to change the manner their brains function in response to real time information based on their brains’ electrical activity.
In addition, Dr. Sinquefield helped develop and fund the neurofeedback research for the treatment of autism at the University of Missouri.
Dedication to the Boy Scouts of America
Her dedication to children is further evident in her support for the Boy Scouts of America, which dates back nearly 30 years. Starting when her son was a Scout, she not only was a den mother, but also a troop chairperson, district chairperson, and council board member. During her time with the Boy Scouts in Los Angeles, she guided and mentored 53 Eagle scouts.
Currently, she is a board member for the Great Rivers Council. Dr. Sinquefield is the activities chairperson of their 100 year anniversary, and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for her service to Scouting.
Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield also received the Americanism Award, an annual honor given to people who personify the traditions of our country and the Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield’s many interests and honors include:
* President, Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience Foundation, 2004-present
* Board member, Great Rivers Council, Mid-Missouri, Boy Scouts on America, 2007-present
* Board member, Western Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1992-present
* Member, Missouri 100, University of Missouri, current
* Member, Steering Committee, University of Missouri-Columbia, current
* Board member, St. Louis Zoo
* Chair, University of Missouri System Review Commission
* 2016 Walter C. Crawford Legacy Award, The World Bird Sanctuary