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Cumberlands honors retiree Garnet Chrisman


Williamsburg, KY. - On Thursday, April 24th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored retiree Garnet Chrisman at the 22nd Annual Faculty-Staff Dinner.

Chrisman grew up as a missionary kid in Kenya. She attended Berea College, earning a B.A. in Child Development. Then she earned an M.S. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Kentucky. Following her graduation, she taught third grade for ten years in Coweta County, Georgia. Later she completed her Reading and Writing Specialist at the University of the Cumberlands in 2006.

Garnet joined the Cumberland faculty in 1994 and teaches undergraduate classes in education. She is currently the Field Placement Director for the undergraduate program, KEASP (Kentucky Education Association Student Program) advisor, and an academic advisor. She was part of the QEP Cadre in 2007 and she works with first year teachers as a Teacher Educator in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program.

Regarding her time at University of the Cumberlands, Garnet reflects, “I really enjoyed working with so many incredible students and talented faculty over the twenty plus years at Cumberlands. Teaching is my passion. Through it I’ve come to know great educators in my department and community. UC has a special mission in teaching and I am proud to be part of it.”

Garnet has worked with faculty and staff on numerous committees such as the Cadre and the Red Boot Run. At Cumberland, she received the William T. Miles Community Service Award in 1998 and the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003.

She is married to Chad Chrisman. They are the parents of Jennifer Faulkner and David Chrisman and the grandparents of three. Her future plans include concentrating on her family, playing with the grandchildren, gardening and yes, even reading a book. Garnet wants to try genealogy, painting and something new that she doesn’t know about yet.

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