ALABAMADuring its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the ACCS Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Chris Cox as President of Shelton State Community College.

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees unanimously approved Dr. Chris Cox as President of Shelton State Community College. Cox served as Interim President of the College since February.

“Shelton State 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 Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

“Chris’ tenure at Shelton State has already proven to be a game-changer for the students, faculty, staff and workforce region. I’m thrilled to see what happens next for residents, schools and business partners who rely on Shelton State to deliver, ” Jimmy continued.

Cox has nearly 30 years of K-12 and higher educaton administration experience. Prior to his appointment as Interim President at Shelton State, he served as Special Assistant to the Chancellor t 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.

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 in Geneva 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 Assistant Superintendent for the Oxford City Board of Education. Cox earned a Bacheor of Science in Social Science from Troy State University and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Alabama State University. Cox earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Auburn University.

”Shelton State is one of the premier community college in Alabama with ties attached to the HBCU culture in my eyes. With a leader as poised as Dr. Cox, we ate HCF are thrille to watch his leadership move Shelton State forward in delivering a continued high-quality educational experience,” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President & CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund.

Shelton State is one of Alabama’s largest community colleges, with around 7,000 students annually who enroll for academic instruction and workforce development. It is also among eleven community college designated as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) Shelton State’s C.A. Fredd State campus maintains the idenity and continues the specific HBCU mission of promoting educational access and opportunity for all students. C.A. Fredd State Technical College was recognized as one of the nation’s HBCUs, the college consolidated with Shelton State in 1994.

With two academic sitees in Tuscaloosa, the college is a prime choice for students who wants to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, as well as those who want to earn a certification for work in several high-demand, high-wage job opportunities in the region. The college’s student services provide a variety of resources for students for both their academic and career success.

“The opportunity to permanently join the Buccaneer Family is one of the highest honors I can imagine,” Cox said. “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.”

About Shelton State Community College
Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students.

Shelton State meets students where they are then takes them where they want to be. With a broad diversity of students and possibilities, SSCC integrates pieces and parts of a person’s experience for a one-of-a-kind fit. For more information, visit


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