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. Under his leadership, enrollment has increased from 1,700 students to over 20,000 students. This growth is attributed to his vision to provide on-campus and online students with access to a quality, affordable education. 

Prior to his experiences at Cumberlands, 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. 

Dr. Cockrum has earned several degrees and honors, including: a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education from College of the Ozarks; 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 more than 50 years, Dixie, have four children: Jason, Nicholas, Lindsey, Cassie, and three grandchildren, Cora, Indie, and Louie.

Academic Credentials
Vanderbilt University 
EdD in High Education Administration, 2004

Harvard University
Post-Graduate Certification, 1998

Missouri State University
Master’s in Science Education, 1977

College of the Ozarks
Bachelors in Science Education, 1973




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