University Leadership

Cumberlands is led by President Larry L. Cockrum. The University is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for establishing policies for the governance of the University. Twelve vice presidents oversee Academic Affairs, Athletics, Business Services, Compliance, Enrollment and Communications, Finance, Information Services, Institutional Advancement, Medical Services, Operations, Student Financial Planning, and Student Services.

Dr. Larry L. Cockrum President
Office:Gatliff Building
Phone:606.539.4201
Email:presoff@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Larry L. Cockrum is the 10th President of University of the Cumberlands. Dr. Cockrum joined the Cumberlands family in 2005. Prior to the presidency, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2007 - 2014. Previous to his experiences at UC, Dr. Cockrum served as Dean of Administration, Dean of Students, and Executive Director of the Keeter Center for Character Education at College of the Ozarks. 

During his academic career, Dr. Cockrum achieved several degrees and honors, including: a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri; a Master’s degree in Science Education from Missouri State University; a Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University; and a Post-Graduate certification from Harvard University.

Dr. Cockrum and his wife of 43  years, Dixie, have four children: Jason, Nicholas, Lindsey, Cassie and one grandchild, Cora.


Dr. Barbara Kennedy Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office:Gatliff Building
Phone:606.539.4340
Email:barbara.kennedy@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Barbara Kennedy serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of the Cumberlands. She previously served as Dean of the School of Education. Prior to coming to Cumberlands, she worked at Asbury University as Director of Graduate Education and Coordinator of the Teacher Leader Program. She also served as the Director of the Division of Scholastic Assistance for the Kentucky Department of Education where she supervised school improvement initiatives such as Scholastic Audits, Commonwealth School Improvement Funds, and the state’s Highly Skilled Educator Program. She has worked at the local school district level as an administrator in charge of Federal programs. Formerly a school guidance counselor and classroom teacher, she holds multiple K-12 certifications including instructional supervision, school leadership and special education administration. Additionally, she possesses an Education Specialist Degree in Counseling and holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership.


Dr. Jerry Jackson Vice President for Enrollment and Communications
Office:Undergraduate Admissions (Norman Perkins House)
Phone:606.539.4225
Email:jerry.jackson@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Jerry G. Jackson currently serves as the Vice President for Enrollment and Communications at the University of the Cumberlands.  Before coming to the Cumberlands, Dr. Jackson spent over eleven years as a higher education and enrollment management administrator serving schools in Tennessee and Kentucky.  Jackson has actively served as a consultant in public relations and marketing and has held various positions with the Knox County Board of Education. Jerry has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Union, a Master of Arts in Education from Eastern Kentucky University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands.

Jerry is very involved in his community and has served as a director on several local boards including:  Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council, Baptist Regional Medical Center, Baptist Physicians Southeast Knox County Senior Citizens Center, Chaired Knox – Laurel Adoptions Opportunity Board Pilot Project for Kentucky Administrative Office of the Court, Served on the Knox County Foster Care Review Board, Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Selection Committee, and the Robinson Scholars Selection Committee.  Dr. Jackson is a graduate, Leadership Tri–County, Leadership East Kentucky and Leadership Kentucky and is a member of Kentucky Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, American Marketing Association and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education


Mr. Christopher R. Rolph Vice President for Finance / Chief Financial Officer
Office:Gatliff Building
Phone:606.539.3527
Email:chris.rolph@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Donnie Grimes Vice President for Information Services / Assistant Professor
Office:Gatliff 007
Phone:606.539.4197
Email:donnie.grimes@ucumberlands.edu

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Ms. Jamirae Hammons Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Office:Gatliff Building
Phone:606.539.4121
Email:jamirae.hammons@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. Steve Allen Vice President for Student Financial Planning
Office:Gatliff Building 226
Phone:606.539.4239
Email:steve.allen@ucumberlands.edu

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Mr. Allen has been an employee at University of the Cumberlands for over 20 years working the last 12 years in Financial Planning.  A graduate of UC, Mr. Allen holds a BS degree in Business Administration and has furthered his educations with additional classwork from the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, and UC. 

Before his time at UC, Steve was a loan officer. 

Mr. Allen is a member of the Board of Directors for Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency, the Board of Directors for the Corbin Little League, the Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 

Steve resides in Corbin, KY with his wife Dawn (UC alum), and their children Kyler and Mallory.  


Dr. Emily Coleman Vice President for Student Services / Director of Leadership Studies / Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Office:Boswell Campus Center
Phone:606.539.4230
Email:emily.coleman@ucumberlands.edu

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Dr. Emily Coleman currently serves as the Vice President for Student Services at the University of the Cumberlands.  She holds a B.S. in Education from Cumberland College, a M.Ed. with an emphasis in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville, and a Post Master’s Certificate in Enrollment Management and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Capella University.  Dr. Coleman is also credentialed as a Distance Career Counselor by Ready Minds and as an Enrollment Management Specialist by Noel Levitz.  Before coming to the Cumberlands, Dr. Coleman spent over thirteen years as a higher education and enrollment management administrator.  She has been active in the profession and has led over 20 professional presentations, served on accreditation review teams, and has maintained a long standing active role in professional organizations.   Additionally, she is engaged in her community and serves on several local and regional boards including the Williamsburg Youth Family Resource Center and Red Cross.