Cumberland University


CU Trustees Name New Members


Cumberland University recently elected two new members to its Board of Trust. Mr. Saad Ehtisham, CEO of University Medical Center, and Mr. Clyde Edward Callis, owner of Callis Ventures, LLC, will join the Board comprised of alumni, community and business leaders who lead the Central South’s oldest continuously operating university.

Mr. Ehtisham is Chief Executive Officer of University Medical Center (UMC) located in Lebanon, Tenn. He joined UMC as CEO in April 2010. UMC is owned and operated by Health Management Associates, Inc., of Naples, Fla. Ehtisham brings broad administrative and business experience to Cumberland, having served in leadership roles in hospitals in Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky and New Mexico. He moved to Lebanon from Wichita, where he was Senior Vice President for Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer of the Via Christi Wichita Health Network. Mr. Ehtisham has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where he received the Outstanding Young Alumni award. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, a Masters of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from TWU, Denton, Texas.

Mr. Callis is a lifelong resident of Wilson County, Tenn. He grew up on his family’s farm and graduated from Lebanon High School and attended Middle Tennessee State University and Cumberland University in the early 1960s. Much of Mr. Callis’ career was involved in banking, in Nashville and Lebanon. He continues his interest in banking as a member of the Regional Board of Directors of First Tennessee Bank. Since 1984, Callis’ business interests have involved ownership and management of commercial and residential real estate, private investments, and, with his wife Brenda, the development of Summer Place, a retirement community located in Lebanon. Callis is also a member of the Kiwanis Club, having served the local club, regionally as District Governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee District, and internationally as a member of the Board of Trust, and President in 2006, of Kiwanis International Foundation.

Cumberland University President Harvill Eaton commented “Cumberland is fortunate to be led by Trustees who share a dual commitment to caring about each student and building the strong, contemporary liberal arts degree programs that prepare its graduates for success in the 21st century.”