UGA appoints Director of Development for the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences Post
The University of Georgia has appointed Michael C. (Mick) Cumbie as Senior Director of Development for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He brings more than 15 years of experience in higher education, including 10 years in fundraising.
Most recently, Cumbie served as Vice President for Advancement at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga. He also was the Executive Director of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation.
Previously, he was Director of Development for the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. During his nine-year tenure at the university, he also served as Executive Director of the Western Illinois University Performing Arts Society, a 500-member arts support organization within the college.
Prior to his campus fundraising experience, he served a 24-year career in the United States Army, culminating with the position as Chair of the Western Illinois University Military Science Department (ROTC). Only seven non-military schools in the nation produced more Army officers during the four-year period from 2001-2005 than the WIU during his tenure as Department Chair.
A decorated officer, Cumbie spent the majority of his military career in the area of Intelligence. During his military service, he was Chief of Counterintelligence of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and Chief of the Intelligence Analysis Section of the U.S. Forces Command. He has received the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious achievement in combat), Legion of Merit Medal, and 25 additional military awards for achievement or service.
Cumbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University and a Master of Human Relations degree from the University of Oklahoma.