Cumberland University

Dr. Harvill C. Eaton, President

Donelson native Dr. Harvill C. Eaton was appointed president of Cumberland University in January 2004. Under his leadership, the university has experienced tremendous growth and now serves nearly 1,500 students. Eaton’s goals for Cumberland include growing the student body to approximately 2,000 students and taking the university to the next level with modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology. He has already seen the school’s Lebanon campus become the first in the state to have a high-speed, wireless computer network and, recently, CU made the transition to new telephone technology known as VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).

Eaton holds a B.S. degree (1970) and an M.S. degree (1972) in engineering science from Tennessee Technological University and a PhD (1976) in materials science from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Cumberland University, Eaton served as vice president for research, senior vice president for research and graduate studies and provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has also served as a professor at both Drexel and Louisiana State University.

Eaton’s vision for Cumberland University is three-pronged. He believes the University should serve its students and community on-campus, on-line and on-site. Quality academic programs, strong financial management and a clear understanding of the university’s place in the academic marketplace are key elements of his plans for CU’s success. His ultimate goal is to move the university to the forefront of higher education in the Southeastern United States by continuing to focus on quality academic and student life programs and celebrating the individuality of each and every student.