Leadership | Cumberland University


University President and Professor

Dr. Paul Stumb was named as the 26th President of Cumberland University in August 2015. He has served Cumberland University since 2003, when he became an Adjunct Professor for two years before being named Dean of the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business, a position he held for 10 years before he was named president. During his tenure as president, Cumberland has seen record enrollment and the addition of over 40 new faculty members.

Prior to joining Cumberland University, Dr. Stumb enjoyed a successful career in the for-profit business sector, serving in a variety of increasingly responsible positions including: Director of Marketing and Business Development for Georgia Pacific Corp, General Manager of American Corrugated, Vice President for Operations and Owner of One Coast Network, and Regional Vice President for Curtis 1000 Inc. Earlier assignments included work in the nuclear industry with Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, and 26 years of service in the US Navy Reserves, where he retired with the rank of Commander.

Dr. Stumb is a graduate of the Navy War College Strategy and Policy Program, and holds a BS in Engineering from Auburn University, an MS from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master’s in Education from Cumberland University, and earned his PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Before joining CU, he served as an Adjunct Professor for the National Security Agency, Georgia State University, Shorter College, and Middle Tennessee State University. He is a member of a number of professional and honor societies, and deeply engaged in several civic and professional activities.

Dr. Stumb is married to Dr. Cristy Stumb, a CU alum and former faculty member, who now owns and operates Stumb Healthcare Professionals, a primary care clinic in Carthage, TN. Together; they have four children and four grand-children.

Vice Presidents

Special Advisor to the President

Vice President for Advancement

Vice President for Facilities and Infrastructure

Vice President for Finance

Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor

Vice President for Enrollment Services and Director of Athletics


Dean of the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business, and Professor

Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, and Professor

Dean of the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, and Associate Professor of Nursing

Cumberland University Board of Trust

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*Winstead P. Bone, III

Chairman of the Board

Co-owner of Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC and Wilson County Hyundai Genesis

Lebanon, TN

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William Joseph Adams

Executive at BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company and Partner at Main Street Property Management, LLC

Lebanon, TN

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Robert Carver Bone, M.D., M.B.A., D. Lit. Ltrs. (Hon.)

Surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (retired)

Lebanon, TN

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André L. Churchwell, M.D.

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Vanderbilt University

Brentwood, TN

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*J. Randall Clemons

Chief Executive Officer &

Chairman of Wilson Bank & Trust (retired)

Lebanon, TN

Laura Daily

Laura Daily

Senior Vice President of Retail at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Lebanon, TN

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*Cathy F. Gracey

Chief Nursing Executive at Donelson Hospital/Summit Medical Center (retired)

Nashville, TN

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Charles Hagood, DSc

Partner and Practice Leader of Press Ganey, Inc.

Goodlettsville, TN

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*J. Samuel Hatcher

President of Tennessee Press Association (retired)

Lebanon, TN

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J. Roderick Heller, III

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Carnton Capital Associates and Harpeth Associates

Franklin, TN

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Justice William C. Koch, Jr.

Dean of Nashville School of Law

Nashville, TN

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Robert L. McDonald

President of CedarStone Bank

Old Hickory, TN

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Michael Moscardelli

Co-owner of 615 Real Property, LP

Lebanon, TN

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Thomas R. Pate

Manager Learning, VUMC HR Learning Operations

Smyrna, TN

Dr. Damon Petty

Damon Petty, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance and Team Physician for the Tennessee Titans

Nashville, TN

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C. Wright Pinson, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville, TN


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Rob E. Porter

President & Chief Executive Officer of Civil Site Design Group, PLLC

Old Hickory, TN

Ed Powell

Edward Powell, Jr. Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer of IPX, Inc.

Nashville, TN

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*Lewis Rankin

Chief Executive Officer of Crain Construction, Inc.

Brentwood, TN

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*Mark G. Riggins

Owner of Mark Riggins & Associates Insurance Agency

Cumming, GA

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Michael Spalding, M.D.

Founder, President and Chairman of Equal Chance for Education & Urologist, Private Practice (retired)

Nashville, TN

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J. Frank Rudy Jr.

Attorney & Partner at Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC.

CEO of Rudy's Farm Co. Inc.

Nashville, TN

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Edward L. Thackston, P.E., Ph.D.

Chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University (retired)

Nashville, TN

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William L. Vallett

Chief Executive Officer of Lochinvar Corporation & President of WVF Holdings, LLC

Old Hickory, TN

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Robert N. Vero, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer at Centerstone of Tennessee

Gallatin, TN

Trustee Emeriti

Martha Bradshaw

Robert N. Clement, M.B.A., D. Lit. Ltrs.

Sandra W. Duncan

Albert A. Gore, Jr.

Jim K. Lancaster, D. Lit. Ltrs. (Hon.)

Lynn Lester, R.N.

Robert H. Traeger

A.C. Wharton, Jr.

* indicates Cumberland University alumni