South Alabama educator chosen to lead Oxford High School
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Chris Cox speaks at the Oxford Board of Education meeting Thursday where his hiring as Oxford High School's new principal was officially announced. (Anniston Star photo by Courtney Davies)
Chris Cox speaks at the Oxford Board of Education meeting Thursday where his hiring as Oxford High School's new principal was officially announced. (Anniston Star photo by Courtney Davies)
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OXFORD — If anything was clear watching Oxford High School’s new principal introduce himself Thursday after the school board voted him into the job, it’s his passion for education.

Chris Cox comes to Oxford with 18 years of experience as a K-12 educator in south Alabama schools. He has been a social science teacher at Dale County High School, an assistant principal at Geneva High School and most recently he was assistant principal and then principal of Pinedale Elementary School, which has an enrollment of approximately 540 students in Enterprise. He also has experience coaching baseball and football.

“I’m excited about this marriage for our family, and I’m excited that you’ve welcomed us to this community,” Cox told the attendees at the called meeting. “We want to be a big part of Oxford continuing to get better.”

A 1993 graduate of Geneva High School in Geneva, Cox received his undergraduate degree from Troy State University, a master’s from Alabama State and an educational specialist degree from Auburn University. He is currently working toward a doctorate in educational leadership at Auburn University.

Cox came last week to interview for the job at Oxford schools with his wife, Tiffanie, and daughter, Hannah, as part of the family’s vacation.

“At times it was ‘Well, there’s not going to be a vacation’ but the end result has been that it’s been the best vacation we’ve ever had,” Cox said.

His family appreciates small towns, Cox said, and even though Oxford isn’t a small town anymore, he said it still has the feel of one.

Oxford High School’s reputation as part of a quality school system is widely known, Cox said, and his plans are to continue to build upon the school’s success.

“I take this job seriously,” Cox said. “We’re going to work for the children and the students of Oxford City Schools and Oxford High School.”

“We feel like we have something very special here, and we feel like this is the best school district in the state,” said Oxford City Schools Superintendent Jeff Goodwin.

“We can’t wait to have your family intertwined in our community, because it’s a great place to live,” Goodwin told Cox.

Cox replaces the outgoing principal Trey Holladay, who was hired May 22 as superintendent of Athens City Schools.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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