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Cumberlands Announces Leadership Changes

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.—University of the Cumberlands’ Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages will undergo a leadership change in the fall. As of August 1, Dr. Tom Fish, current chairman and professor of English, will assume the position of associate dean for academic affairs, and Dr. Tom Frazier, professor of English, will assume the duties of department chairman. The department consists of nine fulltime faculty members.

Fish, who holds degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Kansas, has over twenty years of experience both in the classroom and with long-range planning and accreditation for Cumberlands. Fish has been instrumental in guiding the curriculum and broadening the scope of the English program.

Dr. Larry Cockrum, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Cumberlands, says, “Dr. Fish will continue to be instrumental in guiding this University in the right direction.”

Frazier, a native of Evarts, Ky., has been a faculty member at the University for over thirty years. He earned his B.A. in English and history at Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands), M.A. at Eastern Kentucky University and D.A. at Middle Tennessee State University.

Fish is positive about the change and observes, “Dr. Frazier brings a great deal of experience to this position, including a broad-based familiarity with activities and students across campus.”

These leadership changes come as current Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Jim Ross announces his retirement after 20 years of employment at Cumberlands.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.