Mr. Don Cheatham is an Assistant Professor for both the School of Education and the School of Business since 2008. He is a 1970 alumni of Campbellsville College with majors in Mathematics and Chemistry. He attended the University of Kentucky on a Graduate Teaching Assistantship while working on a Masters in Science Education and Mathematics. Mr. Cheatham obtained his Kentucky Rank 1 Administrators degree in all areas through Superintendent from Western Kentucky University.
Mr. Cheatham began a 34 year teaching career with the Marion County, Kentucky Public School System in 1972. His teaching career in science, math and computer science blessed him with thousands of students, administrators and students who remain an integral part of his life today. Mr. Cheatham served as Technology Coordinator the last 20 years of his career at MCHS. Mr. Cheatham was awarded the first “Silver Shield” Award from Marion County High School. He also received the coveted Campbellsville University School of Education “Excellence in Teaching Award” while at Marion County High School. Mr. Cheatham received an NSF Grant called ICAM (Integrating Computers and Mathematics) along with 65 other public school teachers from across the nation which allowed him and his family to attend UCSB in Goleta, California for two summers and winter break sessions to receive certification in teaching Computer Science.
Mr. Cheatham became an adjunct professor for CU in 1990, teaching night classes in CIS on campus and at Marion County High School for mostly non-traditional students. He continues to teach the CIS classes along with Instructional Technology for the School of Education.
Mr. Cheatham serves on the CU Professional Development Committee, SOE CAEP Standard 3 Committee, and the SOE Website Committee. He also enjoys serving as co-sponsor of the SOE Education Club, Educators Rising and the SOE Kappa Delta Pi Honorary Society. Mr. Cheatham serves as advisor for all SOE P-12 majors. He is also an active member of KYSTE (Kentucky Society of Technology Educators).
Mr. Cheatham hails from a large farming family in the northeast section of Taylor County where he still owns and operates his family farm. His parents valued education and sent all 9 children to college, 7 of them attended Campbellsville College along with a host of Mr. Cheatham’s extended family.
Mr. Cheatham and his wife Rhonda will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in June of 2022. They are blessed with 2 children, Jon an architect in Lexington, Ky and Jenny an attorney for KY PSC. Their biggest blessing has been 2 grandsons, Tarquin(2013) and Ridge(2019) who make life exciting to say the least. Mr. Cheatham’s wife, Rhonda is a CU alumnus(1990) with her Bachelors and Masters degree in Education and is a retired KG and 1st grade teacher of 27 years with the Taylor County Public School System.
Campbellsville University has truly been a blessing for the entire Cheatham family. Mr. Cheatham looks forward to many more years of helping CU students find their calling.