Alumni Message – Spring 2013

alumni board 2012 010Dear CU Alumni,

As we settle into spring, I find myself thinking about all the changes this season holds. One of the most important transitions of spring is that of high school graduation. This is the time of year when high school seniors are finalizing future plans and preparing to transition to the next phases of their lives. As I reflect on my first visit to Cumberland University, what I remember most is the first person I met. When my father and I arrived on campus in the summer of 1984, we met Coach Woody Hunt. Even as a teenager, I could recognize the passion and vision Coach Hunt had for the baseball program and for CU. My father, wanting to ensure the best future for me, asked Coach Hunt how long he was planning on staying at CU. Coach Hunt replied that he wasn’t going anywhere; he was committed to the baseball program and to Cumberland. Thirty years later, Coach Hunt is still with CU, and so am I.

I am very proud and privileged to serve as President of the Cumberland University Alumni Association (CUAA). I look forward to working with the Office of Advancement in the upcoming years to enhance the University and assist alumni. The CUAA serves as your connection to your alma mater and strives for continuous improvement for CU. Additional officers of this year’s alumni board are Vice President Scott Lawrence and Secretary Drew Jennings. We are honored to represent the CUAA and are committed to providing an excellent service for alumni and a positive campus experience for current and future students. I believe the CUAA is moving in the right direction due, in part, to the growth and involvement of our fantastic board.

I am amazed at how much our University has grown since my first visit in 1984. Back then, the basketball team played in the “Dawg House,” the baseball team only dreamed of the World Series, and there was no football team or nursing program. Today, the campus is expanding rapidly with the addition of the new residential hall, the improvements made to Nokes-Lasater football facility, and the transition of the Mary White Hall to the new Learning and Career Commons. Offsite learning opportunities are expanding as well with the addition of the Center for Online and Professional Studies in Mt. Juliet. I encourage you to visit this site if you have not done so already. This state-of-the-art facility will reach a whole new population of CU students.

I would like to thank past President Jamey Eldridge for his leadership and his commitment to this terrific organization. CUAA accomplished so much over the past several years under Jamey’s leadership.

As I close this letter, I ask you to think back to your first visit to CU. I’m sure you remember what made you choose CU over other universities. Reconnect to that feeling, that moment, that memory, and please continue to support your Cumberland University.

CU for Life,

Bill Potter (’89)