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Cumberland University Alumni

Alumni Profile

There are many great ways to stay connected to Cumberland University after graduation. You can be involved, no matter where you live.

Each year, committed alumni around the world generously donate their time, talent and financial resources to advance the vision of Cumberland University. Alumni involvement on every level impacts CU.

Thank you in advance for getting involved and staying connected to your alma mater!

We're proud of all our alumni and want to continue encouraging their success long after they graduate from Cumberland. Check out our list of alumni-owned businesses.

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Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the Cumberland University Alumni Association and has oversight of the executive, financial, and administrative affairs of the Association. The Board is committed to achieving the goals and objectives as defined in our Strategic Plan, as well as creating a leadership team which is representative of the demographics of our alumni constituency base.

Phoenix Rising - Alumni Magazine

The Phoenix Rising is a biannual magazine for alumni and friends of the university to keep you in the know about what is going on at CU.

Alumni Spotlight

When Don Carlos Birdwell graduated high school, his father gave him two options: he could buy the farm next to theirs and he could farm tobacco or he would send Don to college. “I knew there must have been a better sight than the rear-end of a mule, so I chose college,” said Birdwell. Read more.

Ignite the Vision

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The student body at Cumberland University continues to grow and thrive. With our enrollment numbers increasing every year, we must actively work to expand and transform our campus to meet the needs of our students. We have the opportunity to enhance the Cumberland experience for all students with Ignite the Vision, a major gifts initiative, with a working goal of $1.7 million to enhance, transform, and inspire Cumberland University.

This strategic program will focus on four key initiatives: The Phoenix Scholars, The Phoenix Marching Band, The Phillips Dining Hall Expansion, and The Memorial Lawn Enhancements. Each initiative will directly impact our students and ensure Cumberland remains a top competitor in the higher-education market.


“At Cumberland University, you’re not just a number. You’re part of a family who cares about your success and well-being even after you’ve graduated. The friendships and relationships I’ve made here are ones I will always treasure. I’m proud to be a Phoenix!”


-Nicole Guffey (BBA, Accounting ‘17; MBA ‘18)

Accountant, Premier Parking