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Cumberlands Honors Retiree Alvin Sharpe


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, April 18th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored retiree Alvin Sharpe at the 21st annual Faculty-Staff Dinner.

Sharpe joined the UC faculty in 1971, initially serving as a health and physical education instructor and head coach of the track and cross country teams. In 1981, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education and Director of Mining Technology.

As head coach of the track and cross country teams, Sharpe led 17 NAIA All Americans and two National Champions. He was also named the KIAC Coach of the Year six times.

Sharpe is also the Director of Tourism for the city of Williamsburg. Under his leadership, Williamsburg has developed the Kentucky Splash Waterpark, the Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center, the Annual Jeep Jamboree, a new playground at the city park, upgrades to the little league fields, as well as other enhancements. He has also been instrumental in the growth of Williamsburg’s Old Fashioned Trading Days. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Southeastern Kentucky Industrial Development Authority.

Upon retirement, Sharpe plans to keep working for the Williamsburg Tourism and Convention Commission, spend time with his family, and do a lot more fishing. He is married to Juanita Sharpe, a 1965 alumnus of Cumberland, and they have two sons named Jeff and Mike who attended UC as well.

Sharpe is a 1965 graduate of Cumberland College earning a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. He also holds an M.A. in education from University of Alabama.

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; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.