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Keynote Speaker – Dr. William Cox

Dr. William Cox

William E. Cox is the president and co-founder of Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc., a Fairfax, VA, firm specializing in publishing, satellite television production, training and consulting.

Dr. Cox is also President & CEO of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, formerly Black Issues In Higher Education, and an award-winning, national news magazine that has been serving higher education since 1984. The expanded focus of Diverse in 2005 has boosted readership in the business, government and public sectors. The company also published Community College Week, a national newspaper targeting community, junior and technical college professionals, between 1989 and 2005.

Dr. Cox has played both a leadership and contributing author role in publication of The Unfinished Agenda monograph series, books addressing significant events in the history of the American civil rights movement. His writings can be found in The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education and The Unfinished Agenda of the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights March. Dr. Cox’s vision and dedication have also been felt in CMA’s work in using telecommunications technologies to create 41 videoconference programs, including the award winning “Beyond the Dream” series.

CMA Consulting Group, a multi-service consulting firm, was added to the corporation in 1996. This branch provides assistance to institutions, organizations, agencies and businesses interested in improving and extending the educational, career and human development experiences of their constituencies. In 1999, Dr. Cox was responsible for the creation of Black Issues Book Review, the nation’s only publication addressing books for, by and about African-Americans. This periodical, published by CMA for more than seven years, was recognized by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the “ten best new magazines of the year.”

Among his other extensive administrative and organizational experiences, Dr. Cox has developed and conducted higher education programs for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, including the teaching of courses in the electronic guidance systems of sophisticated missiles at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. His corporate experience includes tenure with General Electric Corp., where, among other assignments, he performed design work on the Apollo spacecraft ground support system.

A recognized authority on the development and delivery of adult education and counseling services to military personnel, Dr. Cox was formerly responsible for the worldwide network of U.S. Air Force counseling professionals. In that capacity, he administered worldwide counseling and testing programs and acted as liaison to the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Services (DANTES). He holds the National Certified Counselor credential of the National Board for Certified Counselors.

His education credentials include a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University and master’s degrees in both counseling psychology and public administration from Ball State University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Alabama A&M University. Dr. Cox has also taken both graduate and postgraduate courses at the College of William and Mary, Harvard University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Dr. Cox has received multiple prestigious professional awards. He was named to the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame (1994), received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (1999), was inducted into the International Adult & Continuing Education Hall of Fame (1999) and the Gwendolyn Brooks’ International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent (2000). He also received the “Alumni Leadership Award” from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (2000).

Among his numerous professional and civic appointments, Dr. Cox is a member of the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College, the American Counseling Association Foundation Board, the Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students (BACCHUS) Board and the Advisory Boards of Millennium Bank of Reston, VA, the National Council for Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, and the University of the District of Columbia School of Business. Dr. Cox is a founding shareholder in the Millennium Bank of Reston, VA as well as the MainStreet Bank of Herndon, VA, and a life member of both the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.