Dr. C. William (Bill) McKee is currently Cumberland University’s Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Education and Public Service Management. He has served the institution in a number of other administrative posts including Executive Vice President and Dean. Additionally, he was previously an administrator at Georgia Southwestern State University.
A Nashville native, Dr. McKee graduated from the University School of Nashville (USN) and then earned the B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Personnel from Auburn University, and the Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon University Academic Leadership Institute, the American Council of Education/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Stevens Institute on Leadership and Administration, as well as the University of Georgia Leadership Institute.
Believing that part of the responsibility of a great University is to impact the community, Dr. McKee practices as well as teaches public service management. He devotes many hours of volunteer service to provide leadership in a variety of governmental and not-for-profit agencies and organizations in middle Tennessee and beyond including Trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commissioner on Colleges, Member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Commissioner of the Nashville and Davidson County Historical Commission, Chair of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Board, President of the Tennessee College Association, and Chair of the Buchanan Log House Historical Site. Additionally, Dr. McKee is a member of the Lebanon Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
His research interests include studies on prominent Tennessee historical figures, and current issues in state and local government. His involvement in the campus community includes advising Alpha Lambda Delta (the freshman honor society) and Omicron Delta Kappa (the national leadership honor society).
Current teaching responsibilities for Dr. McKee include graduate courses in public service such as community issues, professional communications, and public policy.
Dr. McKee regularly serves as a consultant to institutions of higher education, is a workshop leader, and presenter at both local and regional conferences.