Cumberland University


Leadership Wilson Scholarship Honors Lee


From left to right: Joel Usery, Dorie Mitchell, Lucy Lee, President Harvill Eaton and Vice President for Administration Joe Gray

Leadership Wilson, Inc. recently made a $10,000 gift to the Leadership Wilson Alumni Scholarship at Cumberland University, and the scholarship will now be known as the Lucy Lee - Leadership Wilson Scholarship in honor of the program's first director, Lucy Lee.

"This generous gift will augment the existing Leadership Wilson endowed scholarship fund while recognizing Lucy Lee's service to Wilson County in perpetuity," Cumberland University Vice President for Advancement Dr. Garvin S. Maffett remarked.

Lee, who is often referred to as "Mama Lucy" by Leadership Wilson alumni, guided more than 450 students through the intensive leadership training program from 1993 until her retirement in 2007. She is credited with developing the Leadership Wilson program into one that served as a model for numerous other cities across Tennessee.

"We are proud to endow this scholarship at Cumberland University in honor of Lucy Lee and her many years of dedication and service to our organization," Joel Usery, current president of Leadership Wilson, said. "This scholarship allows us to recognize Lucy's many contributions to our growth and success over the 14 years that she served as our executive director.

"As an organization," he continued, "it is our mission to identify, train and motivate individual citizens in community leadership. With our youth program, we take steps to begin this process early as these future leaders move through the educational process. Our adult program focuses on individuals already in the workplace and involved in various ways in the community. Offering this scholarship to a college student allows us to provide yet another opportunity for leadership training for an individual who is nearing entry into the challenges of the real world."

Participants in Leadership Wilson come from all occupations, including bankers, small business owners, CEOs, public officials, community volunteers, Realtors, healthcare professionals and educators. Participants receive over 100 hours of leadership training, community awareness and networking opportunities. For more information about participating in Leadership Wilson, please contact Leadership Wilson (and alumna) Dorie Mitchell at 615.443.7614 or at