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Cumberlands Honors Retiree Cindi Norton


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Dr. Cindi Norton’s retirement at its 20th annual Faculty-Staff Dinner on April 19.

Dr. Cindi Norton is a graduate of University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she earned a B.S. in Physical Education, M.S. in Safety Education and Services, and an Ed.D. in Health Education.

Since joining the UC faculty in 1985, Dr. Norton has been a dedicated, proven leader and public health advocate. As Professor and Chair of the Health, Exercise, and Sports Science department, she has actively served and represented the department within the community through participation in community health boards, consortiums, and health councils. She also is the co-director of Dare to Compare: Fitness Five Health & Fitness Program, which has hosted 22 events that have averaged 400-500 participants each year to assess fitness in an effort to improve health. In addition, Dr. Norton is her department’s Public Health Internship Coordinator.

She has had the opportunity to observe students in a work environment where they have successfully applied the skills learned in the classroom, and she has formed professional and personal relationships with employees at hospitals, health departments, nursing homes, fitness centers, and schools. One colleague observed, "Her compassion and giving to the campus and community is unsurpassed."

Her dedication has been recognized. University awards include Excellence in Teaching Award, Fuqua Teaching Award, Miles Community Service Award, and SGA Honored Professor Award. She is also Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities’ 2004 recipient of the Better Life Education Award.

Upon retiring, Dr. Norton plans to return home and spend quality time with her 82-year-old mother and three sisters. Dr. Norton and her husband, Sonny, will live on a small family farm in Seymour, Tennessee, overlooking the Smoky Mountains, and raise Tennessee fainting goats and a peacock. Professionally, Dr. Norton may work at a university in Knoxville or take a position as Activities Director at an assisted living/senior living community.

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; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.