Cumberland University


Rusty Richardson

Vice President of Advancement

Office Location: Catron Alumni House
Office Hours: M-F, 8-4:30
Phone: (615) 257-4401

Rusty has been at Cumberland University since November 2011 serving as the Vice President for Advancement. He is a seasoned veteran with over 30 years of experience working in fundraising and alumni relations.

In his role as Vice President, Rusty is responsible for the overall success of the University’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts. He leads the Advancement Office team and serves as a member of the President’s Executive Management Committee. Prior to coming to Cumberland, Rusty served as president of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation headquartered in Oxford, Ohio.

Rusty is active with the Lebanon Rotary Club and he and his wife Kathy belong to the First United Methodist Church. He is an avid racquetball player and fisherman. Originally a native of West Virginia, Rusty is a graduate of the University of Tampa.



Jonathon Hawkins, CFRE

Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations

B.S., Communications, Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed., Higher Education Admin., Middle Tennessee State University

Phone: (615) 547-1239

As a professional fundraiser and nonprofit leader since 1994, Jonathon has worked for numerous organizations in the mid-state area including Middle Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College and the Saint Thomas Foundation. He is currently the executive director for Development & Alumni Relations and has been a member of the Cumberland team since 2006. He became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2012 and is involved in the local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as well as the Tennessee Advancement Resources Council (TARC) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

As the executive director, he manages the day-to-day operations of the Office of Advancement, builds relationships with alumni, prospects and donors, and works closely with each member of the Advancement team in helping them reach their strategic goals. Originally from Smithville, Tennessee, Jonathon lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with his wife and daughter. He has served on the national Board of Directors for the Middle Tennessee State University Alumni Association since 2008 and is actively involved with his daughter's school.



Cheryl Bockstruck

Development Officer, Corporate & Foundation Relations

Office Location: Catron Alumni House
Phone: 615.547.1245

As the development officer for corporate and foundation relations, Cheryl's primary responsibility is identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding all corporate and foundation prospects for the university. Cheryl, who joined Cumberland in August 2008, also assists in developing sponsorship opportunities with the community.




Camille Burdine

Development Officer, Major Gifts

Office Location: Catron Alumni House
Phone: 615.547.1241

Camille joined the Office of Advancement in August 2008 as the development officer for major gifts. In her role, she spends her time identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual major gifts for the university. Camille serves as the Advancement liaison for Friends of Music & the Arts.  She also maintains her Series 7 and Insurance Licenses to assist with Planned Gifts as needed.




Stephanie Ferrell, CFRE

Development Officer, Major & Planned Gifts

Office Location: Catron Alumni House
Phone:  615.547.1235


Nova Lawrence

Advancement Coordinator

Office Location: Catron Alumni House
Phone:  615.547.1269