Cumberland University

Dr. Paul C. Stumb, President

Dr. Paul Stumb was named President on August 25, 2015. He has served Cumberland University since 2003, when he became an Adjunct Professor, a capacity in which he served for two years before becoming Dean of the Labry School, a position he has held continuously while the division evolved from the School of Business and Economics to the School of Business and Technology, to its current incarnation as the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business.  During his tenure at Cumberland, Dr. Stumb has written successful grant proposals to federal, state and local entities, and secured the second largest unrestricted philanthropic gift in the Labry School’s history.  

In addition to overseeing the personnel and academic functions at the Labry School, expanding offerings to include non-credit courses, new majors, and new curricula, establishing a Business Advisory Board of more than 50 members, Dr. Stumb has played a key role in the University’s overall accreditation process, including overseeing completion of the required institution self-study.  Other institution-wide activities have included service on the Executive Management Team and the University President’s Council, engaged in policy development and decision-making for the entire institution.  Dr. Stumb has served as an examiner for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, which accredits business education nationwide, and has been a site visit chair, mentor, and President of ACBSP’s Region 3. Dr. Stumb is widely engaged in the Central Tennessee community, and provides consultation services for local and regional manufacturers, municipalities, and nonprofit entities.  Prior to joining Cumberland University, Dr. Stumb enjoyed a successful career in the business sector, serving as Director of Marketing and Business Development and later as General Manager of American Corrugated, in the Containerboard & Packaging Division of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Vice President for Operations/Executive Committee Member and Owner of One Coast Network, Inc, a gift and home decor marketing firm in Atlanta, Georgia.  Earlier involvement included assignments with Curtis 1000 Inc., a commercial printing subsidiary of American Business Products in Atlanta, and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  

Dr. Stumb has served as an Adjunct Professor for the National Security Agency, Georgia State University, Shorter College, and Middle Tennessee State University.  He is a graduate of the Navy War College Strategy and Policy Course, and holds a BS earned at Auburn University in Alabama, an MS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master’s in Education from Cumberland University, and earned his PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He is a member of a number of professional and honor societies, deeply involved in civic and professional activities.  A prolific researcher, writer and presenter, Dr. Stumb retired from the US Navy Reserves with the rank of Commander, and is the recipient of the Navy Commendation Medal, the National Defense Medal and other awards, commendations, and honors.

Dr. Stumb is married to Dr. Cristy Stumb, a CU alum and former faculty member, who now owns and operates Stumb Healthcare Professionals, a primary care clinic in Carthage, TN.