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CU names Stumb new president

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The Cumberland University Board of Trust has named Dr. Paul C. Stumb IV as the 26th president of the 174-year-old school. The appointment, made Wednesday afternoon, comes after an extensive nationwide search.

Stumb, 55, has served the university since 2003, when he became an adjunct professor - a capacity in which he served for two years before becoming dean of the Labry School, a position he has held while the division evolved to its current incarnation as the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business. During his tenure at Cumberland, Stumb has written successful grant proposals to federal, state and local entities and secured the second-largest unrestricted philanthropic gift in the Labry School's history.

He will succeed Dr. Harvill C. Eaton, who announced his intent to retire in January after serving 12 years as Cumberland's president.

"Cumberland is fortunate to benefit from the experience and proven success record that comes with Dr. Stumb," Bob McDonald, chairman of the CU Board of Trust, said. "He presented the search committee with exactly what we were seeking in our next president - an inspiring vision and the type of leadership that will continue to advance the university into the future."

Stumb indicated that throughout his time at the university he has become intimately familiar with the passion of the Cumberland community and that was a major factor in his decision to pursue the position.

"My wife and I are honored and delighted to serve this great university," Stumb said. "Cumberland is a remarkable institution of higher learning with an outstanding reputation. I have grown to love this place and the great people who serve our students every day. I am eager to make a contribution toward its future success."

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