COE doctoral grad named interim president at Northwest-Shoals Community College

August 30, 2021

Chris Cox HeadshotOn Wednesday, August 18, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Cox as interim president of Northwest-Shoals Community College.

Cox has more than 24 years of higher education administration experience and currently serves as special assistant to the chancellor at the Alabama Community College System. 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.

“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.”

A Geneva, Alabama, native, Cox began his career as a teacher and coach at Dale County High School in Midland City. He later served as assistant principal at Geneva High School and principal at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise. Prior to joining the ACCS, Cox spent time in Oxford, first as Oxford High School’s principal and then as 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.

“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.”