About The Phoenix Rising

The Phoenix Rising is the official blog of the Cumberland University Alumni Association and will feature regular updates about alumni affairs, life at Cumberland, current events and numerous other topics of interest, including academia, technology, and a good dose of fun.

About Cumberland University

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Founded in 1842, Cumberland University offers a variety of educational, athletic, and social experiences to enhance the learning opportunities of the current student body. The university has an exceptional academic program steeped in the liberal arts. Athletic teams regularly compete for conference and national championships.

Few institutions have a heritage as rich. Past Cumberland University Alumni include United States Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, who also was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1945; James Lafayette Bomar, president of Rotary International; Thomas P. Gore, United States Senator; over eighty Congressmen; two justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, Howell Edmunds Jackson and Horace Harmon Lurton; thirteen 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 fifty college/university professors, including “Father of Political Science”, John Burgess. “ Cumberland University continues its tradition of excellence by focusing on the students of today. We emphasize that Cumberland University is a contemporary liberal arts school. Therefore, Cumberland University commits itself to provide a sound education while preparing each student to compete in today’s dynamic and demanding workplace,” says Cumberland University President, Dr. Harvill C. Eaton.

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Recent graduates of Cumberland University have distinguished careers in the military service, teaching, nursing, education and a variety of business, health, and public service settings. Cumberland University alumni continue to distinguish themselves in their chosen professions.

While Cumberland has a distinctive past, the university is focused squarely on the future, and on educating the next generation of leaders. Professors, coaches, staff, and administrators have set as a primary goal, assisting students to ensure success both in and out of the classroom. We are committed to supporting our students in their collegiate endeavors. Cumberland University is an institution committed to excellence.