Cathy Cox Has Been Appointed President of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville

Cathy Cox, dean of the Mercer University School of Law, has been selected as the next president of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. She will take office on October 1.

“I am excited to work with an already amazing faculty and staff as we enhance Georgia College as a destination for students seeking a preeminent liberal arts education,” Dr. Cox said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Georgia College & State University enrolls more than 5,600 undergraduate students and nearly 1,200 graduate students, according to the most recent data furnished by the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 64 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Cox has been serving as dean of Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia, since 2017. Earlier, she was president of Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.

Before entering the academic world, Cox practiced law full-time for 10 years in Atlanta and Bainbridge. Cox served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and later was the first woman in the state’s history to be elected Secretary of State in Georgia.

Cox holds an associate’s degree in agriculture from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. She was a magna cum laude graduate of Mercer Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Mercer Law Review.


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