Over the last several decades, Larry Cockrum has served as an educational administrator at institutions of higher learning across the country. Laying the foundation for his future career, he earned a bachelor of science in education from the School of the Ozarks and a master of science in education from Missouri State University. During his graduate studies, Larry Cockrum served as a teacher and basketball coach in secondary schools across Missouri. He later drew on this experience to lead the basketball programs at North Arkansas Community College and Texas A&M University, garnering further expertise in team management and budgeting.
After obtaining his doctor of education in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University in 1991, Larry Cockrum accepted a position as the dean of students and executive director of the Keeter Center for Character Education at the College of the Ozarks. During his tenure there, he oversaw the center’s fundraising efforts and developed a number of student projects, including the orientation program Success on the Academic Road.
Today, Larry Cockrum serves as the chief executive officer and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Cumberlands. In this position, he coordinates the work of all staff to ensure that they uphold the university’s performance standards. Moreover, Mr. Cockrum manages the ongoing operations of the Cumberlands’ Strategic Long Range Planning Committee.