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Cumberlands Receives Prestigious American Flag


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, August 22nd, University of the Cumberlands (UC) President Dr. James H. Taylor was presented the United States of America’s Flag from UC alum and current graduate assistant for Church Relations Riley Perkins (‘12), Augusta, Ga.

“What a joy it was to be entrusted with the American Flag which Commander Perkins graciously presented to the University,” said UC President Dr. James H. Taylor. “This is sacred in light of the sacrifice which has gone into making our nation free. This flag is now proudly displayed on the wall at the entrance of my office.”

The flag was given to UC from Riley’s father, Lt. Commander William “Bill” Perkins, who is in active duty in Afghanistan for the United States Navy. Commander Perkins is a nurse at the hospital located in Kandahar, Afghanistan where the flag had been flown over the NATO ROLE Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield during Operation Enduring Freedom.

“The presentation of this flag to Cumberlands is a way for my father to honor the University,” said Riley. “This institution has provided me with a lot of opportunities since I arrived on campus and is now doing the same for my brother Jordan. My parents are firm believers in a Christian education and believe in what this University is doing for all of its students.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.