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William "Rusty" Richardson

Vice President for Advancement

William "Rusty" Richardson

Vice President for Advancement


B.S., University of Tampa

M.S.P., Cumberland University


Rusty has been at Cumberland University since November 2011 serving as the Vice President for Advancement. He is a seasoned veteran with over 35 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 earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Tampa and his master’s degree at Cumberland University.