COURTNEY VICK

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Senior Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
cvick@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1332
Catron Alumni House
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Office of Advancement
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.B.A., Cumberland University
Ms. Courtney Lauren Vick graduated from Harpeth Hall School in Nashville in 2008 where she was Student Body President and a three-sport athlete. She went on to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she graduated magna cum laude and received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Electronic Media in 2012. While at UT, she was an active volunteer and student leader (30+ organizations) who interned with Jewelry Television and worked for Aramark.  Upon graduation, the University of Tennessee System President Dr. Joe DiPietro recognized her as a Torchbearer, the highest honor bestowed upon a student.  She graduated from Cumberland with her MBA (4.0 GPA) in summer 2015.  Prior to obtaining her MBA, she entered the workforce as an intern/sales assistant for Custom Packaging. Ms. Vick now serves as the Senior Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations.  She previously served as CU's Director of Career Services and Internships, the Director of Residence Life & Greek Affairs, the Director of the Academic Enrichment Center, and a Graduate Assistant for First Year Studies & General Education.  She was the Board President for the Nashville Area Career Fair Consortium.  Courtney was President of her Mortar Board Chapter at the University of Tennessee and became a Section Coordinator for the Tennessee Valley region of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society after graduation.  She is a Board Member, current chair of the sports & events committee, social media chair, and former Secretary for the University of Tennessee’s Nashville Area Board and Young Alumni Council.  She is a member and Secretary of Cumberland University’s Alumni Board of Directors.  She serves as her high school class’ reunion chair. She has been awarded the inaugural Faculty/Staff Homecoming Representative Award, the Favorite Staff Member Award, and the Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award for Greek Life.  She enjoys working with Cumberland’s Notes for Nurses committee, Working Wonders students, Best Buddies Program, and Pride Alliance. She is a 2018 Leadership Wilson graduate and was named and honored as a “Woman of Wilson”.  She is a board member for Leadership Wilson and is now part of Leadership Middle Tennessee. She resides in Lebanon, where she has lived since August 1996.

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.  

RONALD PAVAN

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Vice President of Athletics and Interim Vice President for Advancement
rpavan@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1348
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
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Athletic Department, Office of Advancement
A.A., Northeastern Christian Junior College
B.A., Lubbock Christian University
M.A., West Virginia University
Ron Pavan enters his 12th year as Director of Athletics at Cumberland University in 2019-20 after serving in the same capacity for 14 years at Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, W.Va. Pavan begins his 34th year in college athletics with experience in coaching basketball, soccer and softball, as well as serving as intramural director. He also begins his fifth year as the Vice President for Enrollment Services with the University. During his tenure, Pavan has earned numerous awards and honors. In 2008, Ohio Valley University created the Ron Pavan Athletic Award that is given to a meritorious student-athlete every year in Pavan's honor. He was inducted into the Ohio Valley University Hall of Fame and and named the Wilson County Sports Person of the Year in 2016. Pavan has also won the 2018 Mid-South Conference Athletic Director of the Year Award. In 11 years at Cumberland, Pavan has successfully added eight sports to the program. two Assistant Athletic Director positions, a Strength and Conditioning Coach, an Assistant Wrestling Coach and a Sports Information Director. He has overseen the building of a new weight room, a resurfacing of the tennis courts and added a new athletic training room. During the Summer of 2011, Cumberland added new bleachers and a press box at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field. Pavan took on his biggest project to date during the Spring and Summer of 2012, coordinating the takeover and renovation of Nokes-Lasater Field, the old Lebanon High School football facility. The locker room facilities and coaches offices were both completely renovated with new paint, carpet, central heat and air, new lockers and meeting room space added. An old track locker room was turned into an athletic training department, new fencing was added to the south and east sides of the stadium, and the playing areas surrounding the field were resurfaced. The facility includes two 70-yard practice fields, restrooms on both the home and visitors sides of the stadium, a concession stand and dressing areas for visiting players and coaches. During the spring of 2018 Pavan oversaw Cumberland’s first fundraiser for athletics, spearheading an effort to raise $500|000 for softball, baseball and the gymnasium, adding stadium seating and a new press box at softball, chairback seating in the gym and new chairback seats and scoreboard at baseball. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has implemented a student-athlete attendance policy and community service program and instituted the use of the NAIA’s Champions of Character (Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship) brand throughout the department. Cumberland was named a Five-Star Institution on the Champions of Character Scorecard in six of the last seven academic years. Pavan has raised the awareness of Cumberland University through the Community Service Program and made one of his main objectives the effort to reconnect with local businesses and corporate sponsorships. He signed an exclusive apparel and equipment contract with adidas in his first three months on the job at Cumberland, a move which benefits the entire athletic department as well as the University community, and has reconnected with the Coca-Cola Company on new programs. Having partnerships with local sporting goods company SportsWorld and building the new weight room with the mayor of Lebanon, Phillip Craighead, have also improved the image of Cumberland Athletics. The additions of full-time staff members have all added greatly to the improvement of the department, raising the image and quality of publicity locally and nationally and improving student-athlete attendance and graduation rates. Pavan completed the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development Summer Fellow program and the Peabody Professional Institute for Higher Education Management course during Summer 2010. Cumberland has enjoyed unprecedented success both on-and-off the field during Pavan's tenure, winning 24 conference regular season and tournament championships, two team national titles and four individual national championships during his 11 years. CU has also earned 952 Conference Scholar-Athlete honors, 261 NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades and 86 All-American awards. Before arriving at Cumberland, Pavan spent the previous 14 years at Ohio Valley University. While at OVU, he successfully added seven varsity programs to the athletic department, oversaw creation of a booster club and moved OVU Athletics from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He also oversaw development of an indoor baseball/softball complex, new fitness center, and improvements to the gym, soccer and softball fields. Pavan raised OVU’s profile in the local community not only by elevating the quality of sports within the program but also by bringing in major sports personalities to conduct fundraisers and corporate sponsorships, including Mike Krzyzewski and Jay Bilas among others. He spent nine years at Northeastern Christian Junior College in Villanova, Pa., serving in a variety of capacities, including head coach for men's soccer, women's basketball and softball as well as working in the admissions office and as the intramural director. He was also an instructor in the Art and Physical Education Department at NCJC. Pavan earned his bachelor’s in Art and Physical Education from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and received a master’s in Athletic Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. He is married to the former Tammi McGhee of Lynchburg, Va., and the couple has three children – Madison, Jenna and Mason.  

RONALD (WOODY) HUNT

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Assistant Athletic Director, Development Officer for Advancement, and Athletic Facilities Manager
whunt@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1366
CU Baseball Field
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Athletic Department (Additional Duties), Office of Advancement
B.S., Belmont Univeristy
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Cumberland University’s Woody Hunt begins his 39th season as head coach and 41st year with the program in 2020. The Phoenix have won three NAIA national championships (2004, 2010, 2014) as well as two runner-up finishes (1995, 2006) during his tenure at CU. He has amassed a 1|599-739-5 overall record heading into the 2020 campaign, including 1|538-713-5 as a four-year institution. The Phoenix have appeared in 12 NAIA World Series, including six in 11 seasons from 2004-14. Cumberland has won 20 regular season conference championships during Hunt's tenure, including 10 in the Tennessee Collegiate Athletic Conference (TCAC), six in the Mid-South Conference (MSC) and four in the TranSouth Athletic Conference (TSAC). CU has four district championships, 12 NAIA regional titles and has played in five super regionals as well. The program has posted 24 seasons with 40 or more victories, including 20 of the last 27 years, while registering 50 or more wins eight times, all since 1997. The 2004 squad set the school-record for victories with 59, followed closely behind by the 2010 club with a 58-9 mark. The Phoenix have produced 69 NAIA All-Americans, including 2010 National Player of the Year Matt Greener and Steve Green, the only three-time All-American in program history. Eighty of Hunt's former players have signed professional contracts. The Phoenix posted a 519-216 record (.706) from 2004-14 with six NAIA World Series appearances, one runner-up finish and three national titles. Hunt has also achieved individual success in the awards category, claiming 17 Coach of the Year honors, including the 2006 and 2010 Rawlings National Coach of the Year awards. He is a seven-time Southeast Region Coach of the Year and has also been a finalist for the National Coach of the Year Award four times. Perhaps his greatest achievement lies in the facilities in which his team plays, practices and dresses. Cumberland has one of the finest baseball facilities in the nation, second to none in the NAIA, with Ernest L. Stockton Field and its 500 chairback seats and state-of-the-art press box. The Benton Jennings Indoor Hitting Complex provides year-round access to the Phoenix hitters and pitchers for workouts in inclement weather, and the Jeanette C. Rudy Clubhouse has 40 individual lockers as well as a lounge with a big-screen television, coaches offices, dressing areas and trophy cases.  

VIRGINIA (JENNY) BENNETT

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Director of Annual Giving
jbennett@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1241
Catron Alumni House
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Office of Advancement
B.A., Cumberland University
B.B.A., Cumberland University
M.B.A., Cumberland University
Jenny Bennett is a proud Cumberland alum, receiving both her BA and MBA at CU. Jenny serves the Advancement Office as the Director of the Annual Fund. She provides leadership for creating and implementing a comprehensive annual giving program.  Jenny is married with two children, Will and Laurel. They both love Cumberland and plan to attend one day just like their mom!   

M. BETH BOWMAN

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Major Gifts Development Officer
bbowman@cumberland.edu
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Office of Advancement
B.B.A., Belmont University
Beth Bowman is a Major Gifts Officer who partners with individuals, families, and corporations to advance the mission of Cumberland University. Beth serves loyal CU supporters by aligning major gifts to significant opportunities that transform Cumberland University and impact generations of students. Beth spent the first 8 years of her career as an entrepreneur owning a couture bridal boutique in Franklin, TN. She received national recognition from Martha Stewart and The Knot for being in the top 10% of bridal boutiques in the country. Beth went on to serve as the Executive Director for a ministry in Lebanon, TN for 6.5 years. During her tenure, the organization saw a 400% growth increase and engaged in a 2 year $10M giving initiative. Beth holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Belmont University and a Leading Change Certification from Belmont University’s Center for Executive Education. She is a graduate of Leadership Wilson. Beth lives in Lebanon with her husband Jeff and two sons, Ty and Dylan. She’s an avid reader, particularly on the topic of leadership, and enjoys spending time on the farm with her family.