Cumberland University


Cumberland University names new Trustees


Cumberland University has named three new members to its Board of Trust - André L. Churchwell, M.D. the Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical School, Michael Spalding, M.D. a retired urologist, and the current President of Equal Chance for Education, and Wayne Starks, a Cumberland University alumnus and the owner of MedPro Staffing and B/V Investments.

“These additions to the Board of Trust strengthen our commitment to providing a quality education to Cumberland students.” said Mr. Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board and President/CEO of CedarStone Bank. “The experiences and insight these gentlemen bring to the board will be invaluable and I look forward to serving with them.”

“We are pleased to welcome our new Trustees to Cumberland,” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, President of the University. “Their professional careers and actions as community leaders have shown their understanding of the game-changing role that higher education has on lives, and we are honored to have them join our board.”

Dr. André L. Churchwell is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was named the 2005 Walter R. Murray Jr. Distinguished Alumnus by the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni. The award recognizes lifetime achievements in personal, professional and community arenas.

Churchwell graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering magna cum laude in 1975. He won the Biomedical Engineering Student Program Award that same year. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979 and later completed his internship, residency and cardiology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in Atlanta. In addition, he was the first African American chief medical resident at Grady Memorial Hospital (1984–1985).

Churchwell is a resident of Brentwood, Tenn., and is married to Doreatha Henderson Churchwell, a nurse educator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They have two children, Crystal A. Churchwell and André L. Churchwell Jr.

Dr. Spalding is a retired surgeon. He is the Founder and President of Equal Chance for Education, a non-profit organization that serves college bound students with excellent academic skills and financial need. The organization has supported scholars attending institutions across the Middle Tennessee region including Cumberland University.

Spalding earned his medical degree from University of Virginia. He has served as Chief of Staff at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn.

In 2014, he was a recipient of the Gail Kerr Hercules Award, an award created in the memory of the late Gail Kerr that recognizes human relations leaders in Nashville. He also serves on numerous boards including the Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the American Urological Association.

Dr. Spalding and his wife Mary are residents of Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Starks, a 1967 graduate of Cumberland, is a native of White House Tenn. He is an active member of the Columbus, Ga community and involved in several businesses ranging from real estate management to medical staffing. He has also served as a board member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Starks and his wife have four children, seven grandchildren and reside in Columbus, Ga.

The new members have completed a trustee orientation and will commence their duties immediately.