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Dr. Gary Cox Named to Cottey Trustees

Cottey College is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Cox of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, was appointed to the Cottey College Board of Trustees in July 2012.

Dr. Cox is the president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, a position he has held since 1997. As president, he serves as CEO for an association of 20 non-profit Kentucky colleges and universities.  As president he and his staff represent the group with various policymaking bodies at the state and national levels, raise private funds in support of student scholarships and collaborative ventures between member campuses, develop cost-saving partnerships for members with business and other external organizations, and advocate in other ways on behalf of the non-profit college community.

Prior to that, Dr. Cox served for over twenty years in various leadership positions with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and its successor agency. He served for a decade as the executive director of the Council and briefly as acting president of the successor agency.

Dr. Cox began his career in higher education as an assistant professor of political science at Morehead State University, also serving as the director of the Public Affairs Internship Program. Following his time at Morehead State, Dr. Cox was employed by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, eventually becoming the deputy director. He also served as the Dean of the School of Public Affairs at Kentucky State University.

Dr. Cox earned his B.A. in political science from Morehead State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kentucky. He was also a Fellow in the Southern Regional Training Program in Public Administration. He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Campbellsville and Morehead State Universities.

Dr. Cox and his wife Linda have a blended family of four children-Dana Nickles, Allyson Taylor, Angela Flanagan, and Allison Flanagan-and eight grandchildren. He is a long-time member and past chair of the Board of Directors of the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and is a member of the Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church. He hosted, Government: The Peoples' Business for several years, a weekly public affairs TV program on Cable 10 in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Dr. Cox enjoys working out, reading mysteries, and following politics.

Cottey College is an independent college for women located in Nevada, Missouri. Its residential student capacity of 350 students typically represents 40 states and 25 countries annually. Cottey is owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international women's organization of approximately 250,000 members making Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women.