Cumberland University


Sigma Chi Fraternity will return to Cumberland University campus


The Sigma Chi Nu chapter of Sigma Chi Fraternity, one of the oldest fraternities in the world, will return to Cumberland University's campus after 134 years of inactivity. 

Nicholas Edward Bodden - Hoover, AL

William Charlton Boler - Crestview, FL

Andres Burgos - Mexico City, Mexico

Owen James Canady - Kingston Springs, TN

Raul Enrique Castaneda Gaxiola - Nashville, TN - Questor (Treasurer)

Trinity Aaron Gibson - Mt. Pleasant, TN

Matthew Jordan Howard - Springfield, TN

Elijah Lee Ironside - Powder Springs, GA

Joey Thomas Leach - Fairview, TN

Andrew De'Von Leonard - Smyrna, TN - Annotator (Secretary)

Anthony Deanda Leonard - Smyrna, TN

Jamison Kyle Manning - Mt. Juliet, TN

Antonio Manuel Matos Marcelo - Cascais, Portugal

David Andrew McWright - Kingston Springs, TN - Pro Consul (Vice President)

Nathan Logan Parrott - Acworth, GA

Mason Paul Pavan - Mt. Juliet, TN

Christopher D. Robinson - Woodstock, GA

Ryan DeWayne Simerly -  Carbon Hill, AL - Magister (Pledge Educator)

Christopher Houston Stewart - Nashville, TN

Coleton Hugh Ashley Thomas - Lebanon, TN

Dwight Cooke Tomlin - Jackson, TN - Consul (President)

Jeffrey Vaina - Bamberg, Germany

The fraternity was originally chartered at Cumberland in 1872; by 1880, with only 49 men initiated, the chapter went inactive. Sigma Chi remained dormant at Cumberland until the fall of 2011. Over the course of the last two years students and alumni from Wilson County and Metro Nashville have been working to recruit and ensure that all academic and social requirements as required by the national headquarters were met. In Spring of 2014 the colony made official application to the fraternity for re-chartering.

On October 21 officials at Sigma Chi Fraternity informed the University that the colony has successfully completed all phases of acceptance. The chapter will be reactivated on December 6 as the Nu Chapter.

Dwight Cooke Tomlin, president of Sigma Chi Nu Chapter and a junior majoring in Business Administration, said he hopes the fraternity will be a strong asset to the University.

“Sigma Chi is over 300,000 members strong. I am honored to be a part of an organization that lifts up similar values that resonate with my own personal beliefs.” said Tomlin. “I feel Sigma Chi’s presence will serve for the betterment of Cumberland and the community surrounding it.”

The idea of re-engaging the fraternity back into campus life began with an informal meeting of men determined Sigma Chi could offer more to the University community, with the core values of the organization speaking to many men on campus.  After garnering support from the University and local alumni of Sigma Chi, the group set out to re-charter within three years, instead of the typical 5-year process. Since that fall, the group has performed community service projects, presented awareness campaigns, and has recruited men who meet The Jordan Standard – “a man of good character, a student of fair ability, with ambitious purpose, a congenial disposition, possessed of good morals, having a high sense of honor and a deep sense of personal responsibility.”

"These men should be proud of their accomplishment, re-establishing a chapter is a difficult task. They have dedicated countless hours in service opportunities and chapter development education to reach this plateau.” said Mr. Eddie Lovin, Director of Residence Life, Greek Affairs, and Orientation. “With the re-chartering of Sigma Chi and the continued pursuit of other Greek organizations, Cumberland University expands and progresses engagement opportunities for students, fostering a foundation to cultivate networks of friends and colleagues that will last long past their years below the clock tower."

The Sigma Chi Fraternity is one of the oldest international fraternities in the world. Founded in 1855, Sigma Chi is based upon the core values of Friendship, Justice, and Learning.