New trustees named Board of Trust


The Cumberland University board of trust has three new members: W. Larry Cash, William C. Koch, Jr. and Lewis W. Rankin.

Larry Cash is president of financial services and chief financial officer of Community Health Systems in Brentwood. He joined the company in 1997. For eleven consecutive years, Cash has been recognized as one of the top three chief financial officers in the healthcare sector by Institutional Investor magazine. He was named Business Tennessee’s first ever CFO of the Year in 2008 and also earned that distinction in the public companies category from the Nashville Business Journal in 2009. Cash, a member of the Nashville Health Care Council, also serves on the board of directors of Cross Country Healthcare Inc. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he is professionally affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

William C. Koch, Jr., dean of the Nashville School of Law, has served as a justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, as well as a judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals. During his 30-year judicial career, Koch was named Tennessee’s Appellate Judge of the Year, and one of the 500 Leading Judges in America. Prior to his appointment on the appellate bench, Koch served as Counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, and the State of Tennessee’s Commissioner of Personnel as well as Deputy Attorney General. Koch is currently vice president of the American Inns of Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his Master of Laws degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Lewis W. Rankin is a retired professional engineer and retired chief executive officer of Crain Construction Inc. He is a graduate of Cumberland University and the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, where he has held several offices including president, served the Rotary District as assistant governor, served on the board of the Brentwood Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, and received the Bob Billington Outstanding Rotarian Award as well as the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation. Rankin is also a member of the Associated Builders and Contractors where he has held several offices including president, and served on the Middle Tennessee and national board of directors. He has received Professional Engineer in Construction awards for Nashville and the state.

Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, has one of the longest, richest histories of any university in the state. Founded in 1842 and celebrating its 175th anniversary during the 2016-17 academic year, the University flourishes today with exceptional fully-accredited academic programs steeped in the liberal arts, including three distinct colleges: the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions; the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts; and the Labry School of Science, Technology, and Business. Athletics also are a strength for Cumberland University, as our teams in 20 sports regularly compete for conference and national championships. Our world-renowned baseball team has claimed the NAIA national championships title three times since 2004. In total, Cumberland Phoenix sports teams have won 3 team national titles and four individual national championships.

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