Lebanon businessman and Cumberland University trustee W.P. Bone III was recently elected to serve as the chairman of the CU Board of Trust.
"The Bone family has been a vital part of Cumberland University's history, beginning with W.P.'s grandfather who was president of the university from 1909-1914 and continuing with W.P.'s ceaseless dedication to the success of Cumberland today," a statement issued by CU President Paul Stumb read. "In his newly appointed role as chairman of the board, I know that W.P. will have an even greater impact on our future."
A native and lifelong Lebanon resident, Bone graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1958. He went on to earn an associate degree from Cumberland University followed by a bachelor's degree from Centre College. He is a United States Army veteran and co-owner of Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC and Wilson County Hyundai Genesis. The dealerships have been operated as a legacy to his father and other men who founded the business in 1927. Last year, the dealerships won the prestigious Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Middle Tennessee.
Bone's other business interests include commercial property development, evidenced by his partnership with SouthStar to develop the new Lebanon Marketplace at the Hartmann Drive interchange.
An active community advocate, Bone has been involved with Rotary International, where he is a Paul Harris Fellow, past president and charter member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club. He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and serves on the organization's Middle Tennessee Executive Council. He is also a longtime member of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and has served as its executive director. He is the founder and co-sponsor of the Wilson County Teacher of the Year Award, which has recognized nearly 500 teachers over the past 19 years.
Bone and his family are longtime supporters of the First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, and the family dealerships support many local and national charities including Cumberland University, Habitat for Humanity, CASA, Ronald McDonald House, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Big Brothers, Shriner's Hospital, Empower Me Center and New Leash on Life and fund drives for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.