WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (April 23, 2018)’ Erica (Broome) Harris, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of the Cumberlands, has been picked to lead the university’s alumni office beginning this summer, President Larry Cockrum announced.
Harris will serve as executive director of Alumni Services, a newly created position established to broaden alumni outreach for the university.
Harris has served Cumberlands for more than 30 years in various capacities, primarily working with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She currently oversees the admissions personnel and day-to-day operations, including recruiting activities, research and planning, communications and fulfills other management duties.
?It has been my honor and privilege to work in admissions,? said Harris. ?I cannot imagine a more rewarding career to this point. I’ve been telling the Cumberlands story to prospective students and their parents for my whole career. Now I’ll be sharing the same story, but with alumni, to encourage them to get involved with Cumberlands again.?
Harris’ father, Dr. John Broome, and mother, the late Mavis Broome, both taught and served at the university for years. Additionally, Harris and her sisters, Shelleigh Moses and Kim White, as well as their husbands, all received their bachelor’s degrees from Cumberlands. The sisters live in the area and are currently employed by the university.
It is safe to say that, for Harris and her family, Cumberlands runs in their blood.
?Her passion for the university and its students will be carried into the alumni office,? said Cockrum. ?We have an immense need to work more frequently with and better serve our alumni. I have no doubt that with Harris’ experience and her relationships with our students, she is the only person who can meet all those needs.?
Harris will be working alongside Paul Stepp, the current alumni director. Stepp believes that, with the addition of Harris to its staff, the alumni office will be able to significantly expand its reach and services to Cumberlands alumni.
?I am excited,? said Harris. ?It will certainly be an adjustment, but I am ready for the challenge. I hope to foster connections between alumni and our current students, faculty and staff. I look forward to meeting more alumni, hearing about their Cumberlands experiences and building stronger connections with them. As alumni, we all have unlimited opportunities to help that special place that has done so much for us.?
The University of the Cumberlands alumni office is responsible for engaging and serving more than 20,000 Cumberlands alumni through outreach, publications and events. Learn more at ucumberlands.edu/alumni.