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Simply Saluting: Dr. Paul Stumb

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Bob McDonald and Dr. Paul Stumb

Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize Dr. Paul Stumb, president of Cumberland University.

Dr. Stumb is no stranger to Middle Tennessee and Lebanon in particular. He began his tenure at the University in 2003 as an adjunct professor and then later served as dean of the Labry School, a position he has held continuously until being named president of the university in August of 2015.

Dr. Stumb has hit the ground running as president, relying on his past business experience and people skills in making a smooth and seamless transition into his new role.

A Nashville native, Dr. Stumb is a graduate of the Navy War College Strategy and Policy Course, and he holds a BS from Auburn University, an MS from the University of Tennessee, a Master's in Education from Cumberland and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Prior to joining Cumberland, Dr. Stumb enjoyed a successful career in the business sector, serving as director of Marketing and Business Development and later as general manager of American Corrugated, in the Containerboard & Packaging Division of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and vice president for Operations/Executive Committee Member and Owner of One Coast Network, Inc., a gift and home decor marketing firm in Atlanta.

He and his wife, Cristy, reside in Lebanon, just a block from the campus. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Cumberland University is a civic jewel for Lebanon and Wilson County. Founded in 1842, Cumberland offers a variety of educational, athletic and social experiences to enhance the learning opportunities of the current student body. The University serves more than 1,500 students.

Its exceptional academic program is steeped in the liberal arts, and its athletic teams regularly compete for conference and national championships.

Cumberland's alumni include former U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, who also was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945; James Lafayette Bomar, president of Rotary International; Thomas P. Gore, United States senator; more than 80 congressmen, including Albert Gore, Sr.; two justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, Howell Edmunds Jackson and Horace Harmon Lurton; 13 governors, including Frank G. Clement; three ambassadors, including Edward Albright, U.S. Ambassador to Finland; scores of local, state and federal judges, including Charles Dickson Clark; and 50 college/university professors, including the "Father of Political Science," John Burgess.

While Cumberland has a distinguished past, the University is focused on the future, and on educating our next generation of leaders.

CedarStone Bank is proud of Cumberland University and the school's leadership. We salute Dr. Paul Stumb and his efforts to lead Cumberland for years to come!

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