will stay on until successor hired --
Dr. Harvill C. Eaton has announced his plans to retire as president of Lebanon's Cumberland University.
Hired at CU in January of 2004, Dr. Eaton presented to Robert L. McDonald, Chairman of the Cumberland University Board of Trust, on Saturday notice of his intent to retire coincident with the appointment of his successor.
Dr. Eaton indicated he has been asked to participate in an advisory role to the Presidential Search Committee.
"I consider that to be an honor," Dr. Eaton said in an email sent to the CU student body Sunday. "When my successor begins service to Cumberland, I will then look forward to helping that person to transition in any way I am asked. Cumberland is poised to excel in this 21st century calling for higher education."
Under Dr. Eaton's leadership the university has experienced tremendous growth and now serves nearly 1,500 students.
"Upon the seating of the my successor, I hope to end my career where it began -- writing and teaching," Dr. Eaton said.
"I look forward to moving to another office at Cumberland, writing my book about Cumberland and the importance of higher education to the nation, and to teaching. That will allow me to teach a course or two as I began doing in 1975 when I was a doctoral student at Vanderbilt."
Dr. Eaton holds a B.S. degree (1970) and an M.S. degree (1972) in engineering science from Tennessee Technological University and a PhD (1976) in materials science from Vanderbilt University.
Prior to joining Cumberland University, he served as vice president for research, senior vice president for research and graduate studies and provost at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has also served as a professor at both Drexel and Louisiana State University.