HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia C. Whitt has announced the hiring of Sheliah Cosby as alumni director.
Cosby has been very involved with the LMU Alumni Association on a volunteer basis for a number of years, attending and assisting with golf tournaments and homecoming activities. She is currently completing a term as the LMU alumni Board president and is an active member of LMU Women of Service.
“I am very excited to welcome Sheliah to our division in an official capacity. She has been a tremendous alumni leader on the LMU National Alumni board,” Whitt said. “Sheliah is very passionate about LMU and its mission. I know she is eager to get out and meet more of our alumni.”
Cosby joins the University Advancement division following 28 years of service with the Claiborne County Board of Education. Most recently Cosby served as an instructional coach where she worked with teachers to strengthen the instructional programs at Forge Ridge Elementary School, lead professional learning communities, model lessons and plan professional development activities for teachers.
Though her career has put her in a variety of positions at several different schools, one constant has been how much the students she has worked with have benefited from her teaching. Cosby’s teaching methods have inspired and motivated students to put forth their best effort and to believe in their own abilities.
Cosby began her teaching career at Clairfield Elementary School in 1987, where she taught the school’s first ninth-grade class. The following year she moved to Powell Valley High School where she taught economics. Later, she became the director of the JTPA in Claiborne County, a job service program that helped juniors and seniors find and keep jobs when they graduated. She returned to the classroom in 1992, joining the faculty at Forge Ridge School. Cosby twice earned Forge Ridge School Teacher of the Year recognition. She was inducted into the LMU Educator’s Hall of Fame in 2012.
Cosby earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from LMU in 1984 when she was recognized as student of the year in her major. She earned a master’s in education in 1990 from Union University and an Educational Specialist degree in 1992 also from Union University.
Cosby and her husband, Marty, have one son, Tyler, who is a student at LMU-Duncan School of Law. They are members of the First Baptist Church in Cumberland Gap. Sheliah Cosby is a member of LMU Women of Service and is a member of the Leadership Claiborne Board of Directors, currently serving as secretary.