9/29/11 Schools chief Cox receives UNCG award

Schools chief Cox receives UNCG award
The Times-News 9/29/11     
Reprinted with permission.


    Superintendent Lillie Cox, of the Alamance-Burlington School System, received an alumni award from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Friday.

   Cox and other graduates received the School of Education Distinguished Career Award, presented by Karen Wixson, the school’s dean.

   Cox became superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington system on July 1. Among other graduates receiving a Distinguished Career Award was Donna Oliver, president of Mississippi Valley State University and a former state and national Teacher of the Year. She spent most of her high school teaching career at Cummings High School in Burlington.

   Cox earned three degrees from UNC Greensboro — a bachelor’s degree in English, a master of education in English and a master’s in school administration.

   She later earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

   During the recognition ceremony, highlights of Cox’s career that were mentioned included:

  • Her award for First Year Teacher of the Year from the Davidson County Schools in 1995.
  • Her service as president of the N.C. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
  • Her selection as superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington system after a national search.   

   Cox was superintendent of the Hickory Public Schools before heading the Alamance-Burlington system. She’d previously worked in both the Alamance and Guilford systems. Cox was a finalist to be superintendent of the large Dekalb County School System in Georgia before accepting the Alamance-Burlington position. The alumni awards are based on earning state, national or international distinction.