Cathy Cox was appointed dean of Mercer University’s School of Law, Georgia’s oldest ABA-accredited law school, effective July 1, 2017. She brings to the Mercer Law deanship a breadth and depth of experience in higher education, public service and the practice of law. Prior to this appointment, Cox served for ten years as president of Young Harris College, a private, liberal arts college in North Georgia. In her time at the college, she moved the college from two-year to four-year status, doubled student enrollment and the size of the faculty at the institution and added more than $100 million in new facilities to the campus. Prior to joining the college, Cox was twice elected to serve as the Georgia Secretary of State. In this role she served as commissioner of securities, overseeing the regulation of the securities industry within the state.
Cox was twice elected to the Georgia House of Representatives where she served on the House Judiciary Committee; Game, Fish and Parks Committee; State Institutions and Properties Committee; Georgia Code Revision Commission and various House study committees. Prior to her public service, she worked as an attorney, first as an associate with Hansell & Post in Atlanta, Georgia, and then as a partner with Lambert, Floyd & Conger in Bainbridge, Georgia. She started her professional career as a newspaper reporter. Cox holds an A.S. degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, an A.B.J. degree from University of Georgia and a J.D. degree from Mercer University School of Law. She was editor-in-chief of the Mercer Law Review. She serves on the boards of several statewide non-profit and civic organizations.
Cox provides a unique combination of legal, governmental and educational experience to the Board. In her legal career, she served as legal counsel for community banks, hospitals and other businesses in Georgia. This, combined with her extensive government service, brings a depth of legal and governmental expertise to the Board. Her leadership in higher education demonstrates her vision and strong management skills and offers the perspective of key educational institutions to the Board. For these reasons, the Board believes she is well suited to serve.