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

Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor

Vice President for Finance

Vice President for Facilities and Infrastructure

Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer

Vice President for Enrollment Management, Director of Athletics

Vice President for Advancement


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 Trustees

William Joseph Adams

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

*Winstead P. Bone, III

W. Larry Cash

André L. Churchwell, MD

*J. Randall Clemons

*Jackie Cowden

Sandra W. Duncan

*Cathy F. Gracey

Charles Hagood, DSc

*J. Samuel Hatcher

J. Roderick Heller, III

Judge Willliam C. Koch, Jr.

Robert L. McDonald

Thomas R. Pate

Damon Petty, MD

*Mark G. Riggins

Michael Spalding, MD

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

William L. Vallett

John Van Mol

Robert N. Vero, Ed.D.

Judge John D. Wootten, Jr.

*Lewis Rankin

Trustee Emeriti

*Alfred A. Adams

Martha Bradshaw

*William D. Castleman

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

Albert A. Gore, Jr.

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

Lynn Lester, R.N.

Anne B. Roberts

Robert H. Traeger

* indicates Cumberland University alumni