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Twenty-first president of Young Harris College to be inaugurated
Former secretary of state to lead school
7.22 Cathy Cox
Former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox will be the next president of Young Harris College. - photo by Photo provided

Cathy Cox, former Georgia secretary of state, will be inaugurated as the institution’s 21st president July 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Hilda D. Glenn Auditorium.

Notables from the academic and cleric arenas including Dr. Ruth Knox, president of Wesleyan College, Dr. Walter Kimbrough of the United Methodist Church, and The Reverend Dr. G. Lee Ramsey Jr., also of the United Methodist Church, will be present for this prestigious ceremony.  

In keeping with the year-long “Plant a Legacy” celebratory theme of the inauguration, a Gala for Green is planned for the evening of July 25 at Brasstown Valley Resort. Tickets can be purchased for this fundraising event at a variety of levels, including tree patron, rhododendron patron and flowering patron. The theme of the Gala for Green incorporates the idea of sustaining our environment. A special menu is planned for the gala, with dishes from Bon Appétit, Y’all! Three Generations of Southern Cooking (Ten Speed Press, 2008) by Ms. Virginia Willis, a graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne.

President Cox comes to Young Harris College after a distinguished career in politics, having served two terms as Georgia’s Secretary of State. She also served as the Carl E. Sanders Political Leadership Scholar at the University of Georgia School of Law, and during the spring semester 2007, she taught courses in election law and law and politics to upper level law students.

Cox earned an associate’s degree in agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and continued her studies at the University of Georgia, receiving a bachelor’s degree in journalism, summa cum laude.

She began her career as a newspaper reporter with The Gainesville Times and The Post-Searchlight in Bainbridge before entering Mercer University Law School, where she graduated with a juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, and was editor of the Law Review. For 10 years, Cox practiced law in Atlanta and Bainbridge, and in 2007 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Mercer.

Founded in 1886, Young Harris College is a private, core liberal arts college which is transitioning from a two-year institution into a baccalaureate-granting institution. Historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church, a primary goal of Young Harris College is to provide a quality education for the whole person: intellectually, socially, culturally and spiritually.

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