Cumberland University

Terry L. Thompson (Class of 1993)

Award Recipient Terry L. Thompson ('93) and Jonathon
Hawkins, Executive Director for Development and Alumni

What does Cumberland University mean to you and how do you feel about being recognized as the recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence in Science, Technology, and Business?

Cumberland University is to me a storied, historic institution from which many leaders across the United States have called his or her Alma Mater. It is also a place where students and faculty form a very close-knit meaningful learning environment. I am very honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from my beloved Alma Mater. Ever since my freshmen year, this University has held a very special place in my life. To be recognized by Cumberland and its alumni as this year’s Science, Technology & Business Award recipient is certainly one of the highlights of my academic and professional life.

Do you have any special memories or stories about Cumberland that you would like to share?

There are many special thoughts I have when reflected upon my college days. Some of these include meeting new classmates from all over the world my freshmen year, my four years serving on the Student Government Association and being its President my senior year, and my involvement with my fraternity, Kappa Sigma. Also, I am extremely grateful for the dedication and patience of Cumberland’s faculty.  The faculty and staff’s genuine regard for student success at CU cannot be overstated – it IS the key to why its graduates find success in various industries and why its alumni are so loyal.

Tell us about your current and past work experience and how Cumberland may have helped you prepare for success.

I am currently the Radiology Manager for Northside Hospital Healthcare System, based in Atlanta. I work with almost every participant in the healthcare delivery spectrum: patients, physicians, technologists, insurance payors, information technology specialists, all to way to the “C-level” executives. Healthcare is an amazingly exciting, rewarding, but also very complex industry. Prior to Northside, I worked with various other organizations including St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Atlanta Radiology Consultants, Community Health Systems, HCA Healthcare and Deloitte. Central to healthcare delivery is the patient experience and the ability to provide care in the most efficient, personal way possible. Cumberland provided an excellent example of what one-on-one customer (student) service is. The devotion and interest that several of my professors took in me has always resonated with me since graduating. Within the professional realm, I’ve always tried to apply that same energy and focus on my patients and my employees. To be successful in healthcare, you must ensure that you strive to offer that patient 100% of your attention and care.

What impact do you see Cumberland having?

I see Cumberland emerging as a significant regional institution of higher education in the next few years. Again, the University’s strength lies within its relentless focus on the student experience and ensuring that he or she is not merely a number, but an engaged participant in the total institutional fabric of success. I am extremely excited in hearing about the plans that our new President Dr. Paul Stumb has in store to elevate even further the almost 175-year old legacy of Cumberland University.