DONNA HILDERBRAND

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Associate Registrar
dhilderbrand@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1320
Memorial Hall, Room 116
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B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Donna is a native of Wilson County, Tennessee. She attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied history, education, and biology. She was previously employed as a high school teacher by the Wilson County School District, and has also been employed in the healthcare industry at both TriStar Summit Hospital and St. Thomas Medical Partners. 

P. ROSS HAINES

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Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Instructor
rhaines@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1234
Alumni Hall
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B.S., Middle Tennessee State University
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Ross Haines joined Cumberland University staff as the Assistant Director of Institutional Research in October 2019. Ross a lifelong resident of Lebanon, Tennessee. He graduated from Lebanon High School in 2011 and went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at MTSU, followed by an M.A. in Liberal Studies, also at MTSU. Ross is an avid outdoorsmen, writer, sports fan, and gardener.    

MARY BESS GRIFFITH

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Dean of The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, and Associate Professor
mgriffith@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1200
McFarland Hall
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Office of Academic Affairs
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions
B.S.N., University of Tennessee, Center for the Health Sciences
M.S.N., University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Center
F.N.P., University of Tennessee, Health Sciences Center
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Mary Bess Griffith became Dean, Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions, in 2018.  She was previously employed as Director of the Nursing Department and Associate Professor of Nursing at Bethel University. Prior to that, Dr. Griffith worked for several years in the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation as Director of Market Services for West Tennessee and East Arkansas. Her experience in academia includes Nursing Lecturer at Murray State University; Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Tennessee at Martin; and Chair (Dean), Department of Nursing, and Associate Professor at Dyersburg State Community College.  A licensed registered nurse, Dr. Griffith has practice experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner and hospital ICU Charge Nurse and Staff Nurse. Dr. Griffith holds Bachelor Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis, Tennessee, where she also completed Family Nurse Practitioner post-masters work.  Her doctoral work (Ph.D. in Nursing) was done at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. Dr. Griffith is a Certified Nurse Educator and holds a Certificate in Simulation from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is a member of Nursing’s honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, the National League for Nursing, and the American Nurses Association. Active in her profession, Dr. Griffith has served as the Tennessee Nursing Association’s Treasurer and on the Tennessee Nursing Foundation Board of Directors.  She has also served as Treasurer for the Tennessee Nursing Program Deans and Directors. Prior to joining Cumberland University, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the McKenzie (TN) Community Hospital.  Dr. Griffith has published scholarly articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and has presented her research at national and international health sciences conferences.  

LANAH HALE

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Executive Assistant to Provost and VP of Academic Affairs and Registrar, and Academic Affairs Publications Manager
lhale@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1342
Memorial Hall, Room 116
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Office of Academic Affairs
A.A., Cumberland University
Lanah Hale began working at Cumberland University in 2010. She serves as the Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Additionally, she serves as the Executive Assistant to the Registrar and is the Academic Affairs Publications Manager. She earned her Associate of Arts from Cumberland in 2018, and continues taking coursework toward her Bachelor’s degree. She is an active volunteer in the Wilson County Community including the Wilson County Fair.  

S. CHRISTOPHER FULLER

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Dean of The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business, and Professor
cfuller@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1336
Labry Hall, Room 103
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Office of Academic Affairs
The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., Auburn University
B.S., Auburn University
M.A.M., Auburn University
Ph.D., Auburn University
Dr. Fuller joined the faculty at Cumberland University in the fall of 2010. He has taught most of the math classes offered at CU, as well as programming and statistics in the Information Technology and Master of Public Service Management programs. His area of interest in mathematics is linear algebra and its applications, specifically over an indefinite inner product space, but includes other areas of applied math. After serving as Interim Dean for a year, Dr. Fuller was named Dean of the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business in 2016. In 2005, Dr. Fuller graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He was a University Honors Scholar and was chosen by the faculty of the two departments as the top graduate in math and in physics. In 2006, he completed a Master of Applied Mathematics for his work concerning the convergence of the iterative Jacobi method when solving a tri-diagonal system. He received his Ph.D. in May 2010 working with Frank Uhlig. As part of his dissertation, Dr. Fuller solved one of a dozen "Challenges in Matrix Theory" problems published a decade ago. None of the other challenges have yet been solved. While at Auburn, he received the Department of Mathematics and Statistics Teaching Award, the E. Haynesworth Fellowship, and several undergraduate scholarships. Other than math, Dr. Fuller enjoys traveling and music. He participated in marching and concert bands in high school and college as well as with community groups and was selected for several honor bands including the Alabama All-State concert band playing oboe. He has taught music lessons for piano, woodwinds, and percussion and served as a church pianist and organist for over ten years. Dr. Fuller and his wife have one son and live in Lebanon.

LAURIE DISHMAN

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Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and Professor of Mathematics
ldishman@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1278
Labry Hall, Room 236
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The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business Adjunct
B.S., Carson-Newman College
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Laurie P. Dishman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Carson-Newman College (1993) with majors in mathematics and French and a minor in music. She earned her Master of Arts (1995) and Doctor of Philosophy (1998) in mathematics from Vanderbilt University. She began teaching at Cumberland University in August 1998. In 1999, Dr. Dishman also became the Director of the Learning Center @ Cumberland University until 2004 when it closed. From 2008 to 2013, she served as the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS). She has been the Program Director for mathematics since 2008. In January 2018, Dr. Dishman assumed the role of Director of Institutional Effectiveness. At Cumberland, Dr. Dishman has taught many different courses, including Foundations of Scholarship and Learning for new freshmen and mathematics courses at all levels. Her favorite courses to teach are the calculus sequence and Abstract Algebra. She has served on the Faculty Senate, Institutional Effectiveness Committees, the Admissions Committee, the Financial Aid Student Appeals Committee, the Benefits Committee, the University’s curriculum committee, and many others. While Dean of the SLAS, she served on the Deans’ Council, the Executive Management Team, the 2010 SACS Leadership Team, and the 2010 SACS Compliance Audit Committee, as well as various faculty search committees. In 2015, she served on the SACSCOC Fifth Year Report writing team. Dr. Dishman enjoys taking students to the Mathematical Association of America-Southeastern Section (MAA-SE) conference meetings each spring, where they can participate in many undergraduate activities as well as present their own work in poster sessions or undergraduate talks. Dr. Dishman recently completed a three-year term as the Tennessee State Director (2014-2017) for the MAA-SE.

STEPHANI DEROUEN

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Associate Registrar
stephaniderouen@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6302
Memorial Hall, Room 116
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B.B.A., Cumberland University
M.B.A., Cumberland University
Stephani moved to Nashville, TN from Louisiana in 2003. She is very proud of her Louisiana roots and Cajun heritage but happy to call the Volunteer State home. She began her service Cumberland University in August 2007. Her first role at CU was as the Pride Shop and Bookstore Director. This role ignited her passion for a career in higher education.  Prior to her current role as Associate Registrar, Ms. deRouen served as Associate Administrator for Cumberland University’s School of Online and Professional Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs – Pickles and Grizelda, cooking for family and friends, traveling, and going to concerts.  

ERIC CUMMINGS

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Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts, and Professor
ecummings@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1323
Memorial Hall, Room 209
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The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
B.A., George Washington University
M.Ed., Harvard University
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, State College
After completing his B.A. in Political Science, Dr. Cummings worked for five years with adolescents as an outdoor educator and Head Climber at the North Carolina Outward Bound School, before pursuing his M.Ed. He completed his Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy in December 2006, focusing on the history of education, measuring cognitive demand in the curriculum, and educational policy. He came to Cumberland in 2007 and resides in Nashville with his wife and three children. At Cumberland, he has taught courses in Education and Public Service Management, at the undergraduate and graduate level, online and on ground. He became Associate Dean for two years before becoming Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts. Dr. Cummings is involved in accreditation and approval of Education programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the State Department of Education, and serves in an advisory role to the State Department on the strengthening of University-P-12 partnerships. He currently serves on Representative Mark Pody's Policy Advisory Board, and as a board member for the 15th Judicial Advocacy District Child Advocacy Center. In the past he has served on the executive committee for the Tennessee Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE), as Government Relations Liaison, and was a member of the Lebanon Special School District Pre-K Council Advisory Committee.  On campus Dr. Cummings serves or has served on multiple university committees including Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, and the Strategic Planning Committee, and served as NCATE Chair.

ANDREA DAVIS

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Coordinator, Student Disability Services
adavis@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1286
Labry Hall, Room 226
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B.A., Cumberland University
M.S.P., Cumberland University
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