CHRISTI GRIFFIN

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Associate Professor of Health Care Administration
cgriffin@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6307
Bone Hall, Room 100
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The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S.B.A., University of Alabama, Huntsville
M.H.S.A., George Washington University
J.D., Creighton University
Dr. Christi Griffin is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Health Care Administration program.  Dr. Griffin began at Cumberland University in Fall 2013 as adjunct professor in the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business, and accepted a full-time faculty appointment in Spring 2018.  Dr. Griffin teaches courses in health care administration, general business, and the MBA program. Dr. Griffin possesses more than twenty years of health care industry experience, including corporate general counsel and hospital management positions in Nashville, Washington, D.C. and Boston.  Dr. Griffin’s health care industry experience includes the delivery, insurance, legal and other sectors. Dr. Griffin has served as expert panelist and guest speaker on health care and non-health care business and legal issues. Dr. Griffin holds a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from Creighton University, a Master of Health Services Administration (Health Services Financial Management) from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Dr. Griffin was editorial staff for the Creighton University Law Review and is a published author. Dr. Griffin is founder and owner of Griffin Law Office, a boutique health law practice serving Middle Tennessee, and is three-time recipient of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Attorneys for Justice Pro Bono Service Award.  Dr. Griffin is a member of the Tennessee, Maryland (inactive), District of Columbia (inactive), and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. Dr. Griffin is active with many professional and industry organizations.  Dr. Griffin is a lifelong supporter of the non-profit community, serving on Boards of Directors and holding leadership positions for the Wilson County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the American Red Cross (Volunteer Region) and Outlook Nashville.  Dr. Griffin is a member of Rotary International (Mount Juliet Breakfast Club) and Kiwanis International (Lebanon Club). Publication: Disputes Over Frozen Embryos: Who Wins, Who Loses, and How Do We Decide? – An Analysis of Davis v. Davis, York v. Jones, and State Statutes Affecting Reproductive Choices, Jun 1991, Creighton Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 4, Creighton University School of Law.

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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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.

RON FORD

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Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Professor
rford@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1280
Memorial Hall, Room 110
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B.S., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.B.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Ron serves as Visiting Professor and Special Advisor to the President at Cumberland University.  He also serves as a Graduate Education Fellow and Director of the Neel Corporate Governance Center at the Haslam School of Business at the University of Tennessee. 

Dr. Ford most recently served as CFO at Armstrong. There, he restructured the dramatically improved operating results, helping deliver a 45% increase in stock price. In a career spanning over 30 years, Ron achieved similar results in a range of public and private corporate officer roles – including CEO, President and CFO – for businesses like Silgan Containers, St. Clair Vision, Wells Real Estate Funds, and Media Arts Group.  Dr. Ford received his Doctor of Executive Management from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from Vanderbilt University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee. Ford also served as a faculty member at UCLA and at Pepperdine University. As the associate dean at Pepperdine, he led the school to a national ranking for its EMBA program. In 2017, the Haslam College of Business presented Dr. Ron Ford with its Accomplished Alumnus Award. He was recognized as Global CFO of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.

Ford believes that the role of a 21st century leader is to encourage others to reach their greatest potential, both to make the world a better place and to bolster a firm’s competitive advantage. He demonstrates that passion both within organizations and through his own commitment to ethics, excellence and civic engagement.

Ford’s has served on the boards of Vanderbilt University, ThinkThin,  Quixote, Smashbox, the UT Advisory Board and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.  His civic and community involvement has included Leadership Atlanta, past president of the American Cancer Society Board in Atlanta, Young Presidents’ Organization Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Atlanta Rotary Club. 

DANNY BRYAN

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Professor of Biology
dbryan@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1272
Memorial Hall, Room 309F
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A.S., Motlow State Community College
B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S., Middle Tennessee State University
Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University
Dr. Danny L. Bryan is Program Director and Professor of Biology at Cumberland University. He has been an employee of Cumberland University since August of 1990. Prior to coming to Cumberland, he taught at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN. He has also worked as an Environmental Biologist and research associate with the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) in Tullahoma, TN under the direction of the United States Department of Energy. Dr. Bryan has earned an Associate of Science Degree from Motlow State Community College, a Baccalaureate of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, a Master of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree from Tennessee Technological University.  Dr. Bryan is a member of the following professional organizations; Tennessee Academy of Science, Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, Tennessee Entomological Society, Kentucky-Tennessee Branch of American Society of Microbiology, Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society, Tennessee Herpetological Society, and the Tennessee representative on the Timber Rattlesnake Conservation Action Plan committee. Dr. Bryan has served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Herpetological Society since 2008 and has also served as the Zoology Section Chair for the Tennessee Academy of Science in 2018 and 2004. Dr. Bryan serves as a scientific and species review expert for the Tennessee State Wildlife Action Plan on timber rattlesnakes. Dr. Bryan was the first to collect and have verified a timber rattlesnake with Snake Fungal Disease in Tennessee in August of 2012. His research also includes tracking the spread of this disease and how it affects populations of snakes. Dr. Bryan is also the Dr. Bryan’s most recent publication, Snake fungal Disease, A New Threat Afflicting Tennessee’s Rattlesnake can be found at (http://www.microphile.org/transmission/snake-fungal-disease-a-new-threat-afflicting-tennessees-rattlesnakes) Other links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbGYrAraNdE&t=7s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sBVrS3di68  

ZACHARY BROWN

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Instructor of Mathematics
zbrown@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1353
Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
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The Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business
B.S., Tennessee Technological University
M.S., Tennessee Technological University
Zachary Brown joined Cumberland University as a full-time faculty member in Fall of 2020. Before this, he worked as a mathematics instructor at Tennessee Technological University for four years.  Zachary received two bachelor degrees in mathematics and computer science as well as a Master’s degree in mathematics, all from Tennessee Technological University. Because of this background, he often likes to help students with programming problems as well as math-related issues.  
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