Georgia College will welcome more than just new students this year. The school announced in a news release that Cathy Cox, dean of the Mercer University School of Law, is the sole finalist for president of the university. Cox has served as the dean of Mercer University School of Law since 2017.
Most notably, Cox served as the 25th Secretary of State of Georgia. Cox served two terms and was the first woman to do so in the state. After serving her term, Cox began her academic career when she held the position as the Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Chair at the University of Georgia.
“Georgia College has found an ideal candidate to build on its momentum and champion students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” said Regent Samuel D. Holmes, chair of the Regents Special Committee, which also helped with the search. “Cathy Cox understands its unique mission as the state’s liberal arts college and will be an incredible leader on campus and in the community.”
Cox is a native of Bainbridge, served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and has remained an active member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Cox worked as a newspaper reporter for three years before entering law school, working for The Times in Gainesville and The Post-Searchlight in Bainbridge.
She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and an associate’s degree in agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. She graduated magna cum laude from Mercer Law School in 1986.
“As someone who earned her undergraduate degrees through the University System of Georgia, I know how important it is to give students a strong foundation and the skills they need to help themselves and the state succeed,” Cox said. “I am very excited for the chance to build upon Georgia College & State University’s reputation and work with faculty and staff to create a world-class destination for the liberal arts right here in Georgia.”
The Board of Regents will take action on the position at a future board meeting, no sooner than five days from naming a finalist. Current Georgia College President Steve Dorman has announced he is leaving this fall.