CAITLIN VAUGHN

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Executive Director of Communication and Marketing
cvaughn@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1307
Catron Alumni House
Staff
Office of Communication and Marketing
B.B.A., University of Mississippi
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Caitlin Vaughn received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in 2015 with a major in Marketing and Corporate Relations. Prior to coming to Cumberland University in 2018, Caitlin worked as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.  She completed her Masters of Science in Media and Communication from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2019.   

LARRY VAUGHAN

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Director of Institutional Research
lvaughan@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1222
Alumni Hall
Staff
Office of Academic Affairs
B.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Larry Vaughan graduated with a BBA from Middle Tennessee State University in 1981 and worked in public accounting for 15 years.  In October 1996 he became the Director of Financial Aid at Cumberland University.  In 2006 he turned financial aid over to Beatrice LaChance and he helped create the Office of Institutional Research.  

BRANDON TAYLOR

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Enrollment Specialist
btaylor@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1235
Memorial Hall
Staff
Office of Enrollment Services
B.S., Cumberland University

TYLER SMITH

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Assistant Wrestling Coach
tssmith@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6328
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Staff
Athletic Department
M.A., Southeastern University
Former Cumberland alum returns to the Wrestling program as an assistant coach. Smith comes to Cumberland from Celebration High School in Celebration, FL where he was the Head Wrestling Coach. While at Celebration, he coached three FHSAA state qualifiers, two of those being state placers. During his time as head coach he compiled 48 dual meets wins, 4x district runner-up, and an appearance in the region duals finals. In 2019, he was named Orange Belt Conference Coach of the year. Smith served as a graduate assistant at Southeastern University for two seasons. During his time as an assistant coach, Southeastern produced 4 NAIA All-Americans, 10 NAIA national qualifiers, and a 12th place finish at the NAIA National Tournament. Smith was a NAIA National Qualifier and team captain for Cumberland University, as well as a three-year starter for the Phoenix. He was a member of the 2015-16 Mid-South Conference championship team, and was ranked as high as 8th in the nation. He was a runner up at the GHSA State Championships for Sonoraville High School. He graduated from Cumberland with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Education in May 2016. In 2018, He graduated with a Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University.  

LESLIE STEELE

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Executive Director, Office of the President and Instructor
lsteele@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1268
Memorial Hall, Room 108
Staff
Office of the President
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S.P., Cumberland University
Leslie Steele began working at Cumberland University in 2006. She serves as Executive Director, Office of the President and works closely with the Board of Trust. Additionally, in the fall of 2018 she began teaching the Foundations of Scholarship and Learning course to incoming freshmen. She also assists with the Cumberland University Parents Association, and is the proud mother of son Ethan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Tennessee in 1995 and her Masters of Science in Public Service Management from Cumberland in 2018.   

ADAM STOUT

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Network Technician
astout@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6367
Labry Hall
Staff
Office of Information Technology
Adam Stout was born under the sign of the Bull, in the beginning of an abundant summer. Fate was kind and bestowed upon the young one with a quiet, watchful curiosity that would only grow. Always inquisitive with how technological mechanics worked, he would aspire to be an intelligent tinker accompanied with a mischievous side that would only show well after the antic was discovered. Most inconvenient! The craft he sowed was bestowed upon him from the mythical scribe societies of Nashvillian State and Technological Tennessee Universities. Here, he would study his trade for years and discover the art of Fencing, a skill sure to set any rapscallion tripping over their dastardly feet! The mad lad would experience a multitude of occupations, such as a high low tier electronic specialist contracted to the Guild of MartWal and a circuitry disciple to the secretive sector known as Intelligent Solution, on a journey that would one day lead the traveler to the next chapter of the doorstep to destiny, the Land of Cumber IT. Thrown into a pit of other eager competitors, all envious of the honorable position of Technician, only one would emerge triumphant. Like locust flies, each would fall from the skies with only the harsh hiss of the wind to accompany their failure, until all that remained was the young man. Tall and unwavering, he ascended to take his place among the Internet Elders and was declared, essential. Legend says that to this day, those that pay homage to him and ask for help in their time of need often find the issues that would plague or hinder them, disappear, as if it was never there to begin with.  

TAUREAN SMITH

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Assistant Football Coach
tsmith@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1344
Football Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Western Kentucky University
Taurean Smith returns to the Cumberland staff as the defensive coordinator. Smith spent the last five years at NCAA Division II Kentucky Wesleyan, serving as the associate head coach, defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. In his first season, he helped the Panthers to a 7-4 mark, the best record in program history, just one year after a winless season. He improved the defense in nearly every statistical category en route to the program’s first winning season in 15 years. Smith was named Interim Head Coach at Kentucky Wesleyan this past August, posting a 3-7 mark. During his time in Owensboro, 11 KWC players earned All-Conference accolades, including First Team recognition for defensive back Alijah McGhee, who led the Great Midwest Athletic Conference with seven pass break-ups and six interceptions, and Second Team honors for defensive end Dalan Cofer. Smith also coached G-MAC Special Teams Player of the Year Keelan Cole, who now plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Cumberland, working primarily with the linebackers as well as helping with special teams. His linebacker trio ranked first, third and fifth in tackles for the Bulldogs in 2012, accumulating 16.0 tackles for loss with one sack, one interception and three interceptions. Connor McChurch earned Second Team All-Mid-South Conference honors for the year. In 2013 the tandem ranked first, third and fourth in tackles with four interceptions, 11 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and 10 quarterback hurries. The group also forced five fumbles while Nathan Jernigan garnered Second Team All-MSC accolades and was also named MSC Freshman of the Year. Smith coached one season as a graduate assistant at Bethel University, working with linebackers. Stayce Whipple garnered First Team All-Mid-South Conference accolades that year. He was in charge of breaking down opponent film and drawing scouting cards for the Wildcats, who posted an 8-3 overall record, falling in the first round of the NAIA Playoffs. His coaching career started as a student assistant at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, assisting with linebackers and special teams. He also broke down film and assisted with daily recruiting on campus activities. Smith played two seasons for the Hilltoppers at inside linebacker for coach David Elson. He played in 24 career games at WKU, compiling 88 tackles as a senior with 5.5 tackles for loss as well as one interception and two forced fumbles. He recorded double-digit tackles in three straight contests, including 13 at Navy, and returned an interception 16 yards against South Florida. He ended his career with 11 tackles against Arkansas State. Smith posted 49 stops as a junior with one fumble recovery and one pass breakup, including four tackles and a pass breakup versus Virginia Tech. He recorded a team-best 10 stops with a sack against Ball State and notched eight tackles versus Florida International. He played two seasons at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, earning Male Student-Athlete of the Year honors as a sophomore. He earned First Team All-Region and All-Minnesota Community College Conference honors as a sophomore, registering 118 total tackles, eighth best in the nation, along with seven interceptions and eight tackles for loss. He recorded 25 tackles against Ridgewater Community College and was credited with 18 stops and two interceptions versus Vermillion Community College. Smith paced the Spartans with 102 tackles along with three forced fumbles as a freshman, garnering Second Team All-MCCC accolades. He was a three-year letterwinner at Perry High School in Perry, Ga., twice earning the Coaches’ Award. He posted 88 tackles as a senior, helping the Panthers play their first-ever home playoff game, and registered 82 stops with three sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior. Smith made 64 tackles as a sophomore and also earned three letters in basketball. Smith received his bachelor’s in Physical Education from Western Kentucky in 2011.  

ANNAH SMITH

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Enrollment Specialist
asmith@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1220
Memorial Hall, Room 103
Staff
Office of Enrollment Services
B.A., Freed-Hardeman University
Annah Smith is a Lebanon local who graduated from Friendship Christian School in 2016, after attending there since first grade. From there she went to Freed-Hardeman University where she graduated summa cum laude in May of 2020. She obtained two degrees: a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a B.A. in Photography.  While she was a student at FHU she was involved in the leadership of her social club, Chi Beta Chi. She served as a community service representative, ads manager, and Makin Music director. She was also blessed to be able to study abroad for a semester in Europe. Her love for communicating with young people and their families was fostered during her internship at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Seacrest Studios during the summer of 2019. She comes to CU after nearly a year of working as a photographer for LifeTouch school portraits. Annah is excited to begin her role at Cumberland to help students grow to love it here!   

DANNIELLE SCOTT

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Advancement Coordinator
dscott@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1269
Catron Alumni House
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Office of Advancement
Mrs. Scott joined Cumberland University December 2020.  Prior to joining the university, she worked at Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency as a Nutrition and Payment Specialist.  She is married to her high school sweetheart Thomas Scott and together they have two children, Calie and Katelyn. And one dog, Jack.