University of the Cumberlands
University of the Cumberlands is a private, liberal arts college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with an enrollment of approximately 3,200 students.
University of the Cumberlands, first called Williamsburg Institute, was founded on January 7, 1889. At the 1887 annual meeting of the Mount Zion Association, representatives from 18 eastern Kentucky Baptist churches discussed plans to provide higher education in the Kentucky mountains. The college was incorporated by the Kentucky state legislature on April 6, 1888. In 1907 the school bought the three buildings of Highland College, and in 1913, Williamsburg Institute's name was changed to Cumberland College. In 1959 Cumberland College began offering bachelor's degrees again, having previously awarded the degree until 1913. Cumberland College changed its name to University of the Cumberlands on January 7, 2005. Nine presidents have led the college including William James Johnson; E. E. Wood; John Newton Prestridge; Gorman Jones, acting president; A. R. Evans, acting president; Charles William Elsey; James Lloyd Creech; J. M. Boswell; and James H. Taylor. Notable alumni include two governors, five military generals, and five college and university presidents.
University of the Cumberlands has historically served students primarily, but not exclusively, from the beautiful mountain regions of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Alabama which have traditionally been described as Appalachia. The University's impact can be seen in the achievements of its graduates who have assumed roles of leadership in this region and throughout the nation. While located in the resort like area of Appalachia, with emphasis primarily on serving the beautiful mountain area, the university now reaches into every state and around the world through its student body and alumni.
Dr. Ergun Caner, former president of Liberty Theological Seminary, part of Liberty University Bert T. Combs, former Governor of Kentucky Mike Duncan, former chairman of the Republican National Committee Edwin P. Morrow, former Governor of Kentucky Rick Nelson, member of Kentucky General Assembly (D-87) (2000ï¿½present) representing Bell and Harlan counties; class of 1976 Jean Ritchie, folk musician, singer, and songwriter who plays the Appalachian dulcimer Betty L. Siegel, former president of Kennesaw State University and one of the longest-serving female university presidents in American history Dick Tunney, Grammy- and Dove Award-winning Christian music artist