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Combs Earns Tenure at Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) is honored to announce that Dr. Margaret Combs recently received tenure this past spring. Dr. Combs will be entering her ninth year as a professor at UC this fall.

“I am honored because receiving tenure is recognition of my contributions to the University of the Cumberlands and our students,” said Dr. Combs.

Dr. Combs was graduated from Clay County High School and then attended Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, Kentucky. After receiving her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts from EKU, she continued her education at the University of Kentucky (UK) and received her Master’s degree of Accountancy. After graduating from UK, she moved to the University of Sarasota to obtain a doctorate degree in Business Administration. Dr. Combs earned additional graduate work from the University of North Florida and later became a Certified Public Accountant in addition to her multiple educational degrees.

“The most rewarding aspect of my career is being a positive influence on the personal and professional lives of students,” explained Dr. Combs. “It is a great accomplishment to prepare students for lifelong successful careers and watching them mature into productive members of their communities.”

Dr. Combs is extremely passionate about her career at the University of the Cumberlands and values her students’ education and ability to absorb the information she feeds them. She tries to encourage and motivate her students as much as possible in hopes of brightening their futures and career paths that lie ahead of them. She claims that throughout her experience teaching accounting and finance courses that she has found that her students’ understanding of the material is enhanced when she can help them understand that accounting is the language of business and make a practical application of the material they are studying.

“I am honored and grateful for the recognition,” said Dr. Combs gratefully. “Tenure is not only an acknowledgement of past service to Cumberlands but is also an indication by the Board of Trustees and the Administration that they believe I will continue to be a valuable asset to the university.”

The requirements for promotion at UC include evidence of effective teaching and substantial professional growth as well as service for the required number of years. Faculty members seeking promotion are also required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy. They must also collect letters of recommendation from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview.

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; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit