SHOALS – Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System Jimmy H. Baker last week announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Cox as Interim President of Northwest-Shoals Community College. Cox replaced Glenda Cologross and he began his tenure on August 19.
Cox has more than 24 years of higher education administration experience and currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chancellor at the ACCS. Prior to his role at ACCS, Cox served as Interim President at both Bevill State Community College in Jasper and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia.
“Northwest-Shoals is a special place and I’m eager to join the Patriot
family as we serve our students and the Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell communities,” Cox said. “I look forward to working alongside the faculty, staff, and administration at Northwest-Shoals as we help our students explore their potential and obtain a better future for themselves and their families.”
Among Cox’s goals are refurbishing the college’s two campuses, furthering workforce development, and bringing athletics back, and improvements with maintenance-related issues around campus.
“Time and time again, Dr. Cox has proven to be a capable leader and I’m confident Northwest-Shoals will be well-served by his time as Interim President,” Baker said. “Chris’s innovative and enthusiastic approach is a benefit to students, faculty, and staff alike.”
Cox’s career includes stints as a high school teacher and coach, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent for the Oxford City Board of Education. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Troy State University and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Alabama State University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Auburn University.
While last week’s news that President Glenda Colagross was out and Cox was in took campus personnel by surprise, it didn’t slow his plan to hit the ground running first thing Thursday morning. He had separate meetings with the president’s cabinet, faculty, and other personnel before the week was out.
Cox said he told the cabinet that his goal for everyone within the college is to improve daily and help people reach their goals and dreams.
“Northwest-Shoals Community College doesn’t need fixing,” he said. “There are lots of good things happening here, and it’s a great community so it’s all forward from here.”