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Cumberlands receives donation from Stanford family


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Monday, May 13th University of the Cumberlands (UC) President Dr. James H. Taylor received a check for $87,500 from the Estate of Joe and Ann Stanford, former Williamsburg, Kentucky residents.

UC was one of several charities including First Baptist Church and Main Street Baptist Church that received funds from the couple after their passing. The check was presented by their daughter Pamela Stanford and granddaughter Niky White.

Joe passed away in December of 2012, two years after his wife, Ann. Both were actively involved in their church and community. Joe and Ann owned several businesses in the Williamsburg area (J&A Enterprise, NAPA Auto Parts, and others).

“Joe thought the college was great for the town,” said Richard Wehrle, financial adviser. “He believed in the mission of the college and the education it provided students.”

Joe Stanford served on the City Council of Williamsburg; he was on the board of directors at Farmer National Bank and advisor at Community Trust Bank. He was nominated and served several years as a director of American Pulpwood Association, which is an international association for the timber industry.

In 1962, his family moved to Williamsburg where Stanford opened Williamsburg Pulpwood & Timber Inc. He operated this business with their son, Jody. In 1981, Joe opened Stanford Timber Product in East Bernstadt, shipping wood chips to Willamette Industries. He retired in 1999.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten 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