Shelton State announces interim president taking on the role permanently

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Shelton State Community College has a new president, as the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees unanimously approved interim President Chris Cox to the role this morning.

Cox has served as interim president at Shelton State since February.

“Shelton State’s position in the state and in the academic community keeps the college poised as one of the best foundations for student success and workforce development in Alabama, so the college needs a leader like Chris to continue to strengthen its standing as the community’s community college,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker in a statement.

Cox has nearly 30 years of K-12 and higher education administration experience. Before his appointment as interim president at Shelton State, he served as special assistant to the chancellor at the ACCS. He has served as an interim president at Northwest-Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Bevill State Community College in Jasper and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia.

Shelton State is one of Alabama’s largest community colleges, with around 7,000 students annually who enroll for academic instruction and workforce development classes.

“The opportunity to permanently join the Buccaneer Family is one of the highest honors I can imagine,” Cox said in a statement. “The future of Shelton State is very bright because of the excellence of our education and training programs, our outstanding faculty and students, and our connections to the community we serve. We’re going to build and strengthen partnerships with K-12 schools, business and industry, and other colleges and universities so we can help our students and our community succeed like never before.”

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