LEBANON -- The Cumberland University Board of Trust announced Friday, Jan. 23 the formation of a Presidential Search Committee. The committee will immediately begin developing plans to replace the institution's current leader, Dr. Harvill C. Eaton, who announced his intent to retire as president earlier this month.
At a special meeting on Friday, the board appointed an eight member search committee that will be chaired by Trustee Jacqueline Cowden, Chief Executive Officer of Custom Packaging Inc. Cowden is a long-time supporter of Cumberland University, as well as a graduate.
"Ms. Cowden is the right person to lead this effort on behalf of the Board of Trust and I am confident that she and the search committee will do an outstanding job in leading the charge to identify our next leader," said Bob McDonald, Chairman of the CU Board of Trust and President & CEO of CedarStone Bank.
"I believe that we have an excellent balance of expertise and experience to lead us through this effort."
The search committee includes: McDonald, W.P Bone, Randall Clemons, Mark Riggins, Dr. Ed Thackston, Dr. Bob Vero and J. Roy Wauford.
The committee will meet within the next two weeks to develop a detailed plan for conducting the search. They will make their recommendations shortly thereafter to the Board of Trust for its concurrence.
"I am honored to lead the search committee as we work to identify the next president of Cumberland University." said Ms. Cowden. "It will also be important to effectively communicate and engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the surrounding community who care deeply about our institution and its future as we move forward in this process."
Over the course of the last decade Cumberland University has experienced the most growth than at any other time in its 173-year history.
Enrollment has been at record levels and the university has commissioned the most capital building projects than at any other time. The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions continues to be an preferred supplier of quality graduates for healthcare facilities throughout the region.
The athletic program has become a nationwide model for student athlete performance in the classroom. Cumberland student athletes are consistently ranked among the top in the NAIA in all sports.
"Cumberland University is well positioned for great success as we embark upon a search for a new president." said McDonald. "The university's strong reputation for serving its students and community should be attractive for a decisive leader with a bold vision to advance our institution."