YHC President Cathy Cox Honored As 2013 Grady Fellowship Inductee

Friday, October 4, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5237, klwaldroup@yhc.edu

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox Honored As 2013 Grady Fellowship Inductee

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. –Cathy Cox, former Georgia Secretary of State and President of Young Harris College, will be inducted into the 2013 Grady Fellowship during a special tribute on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the University of Georgia (UGA) Hotel and Conference Center. 

Cox and six other alumni and friends of UGA’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication will be recognized for their influence, achievement and service to the media professions.

“The inductees this year are a rich mix of luminaries from all of the professions that make up the field, as well as leaders in all walks of life,” said UGA Grady College Dean Charles Davis. “I am particularly moved by the nomination process, during which I got to share stories and memories with a huge array of alumni. It’s a great process and serves as a vivid reminder of what a legacy we have at Grady College.”

After graduating from Grady College in 1980, Cox began her professional career as a newspaper reporter working for The Times in Gainesville, Ga., and The Post-Searchlight in Bainbridge, Ga.

She earned her Juris Doctorate from Mercer University and practiced law with the firms Hansell & Post in Atlanta and Lambert, Floyd & Conger in Bainbridge. During that time, she worked in the Georgia General Assembly and the House Judiciary Committee. Cox served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993-1996 before getting elected Georgia Secretary of State in 1999. The first woman to serve in the role, she was re-elected for a second term in 2002.

Cox is the daughter of Mary Cox of Bainbridge and the late Mayor and State Representative Walter Cox. She is married to attorney Mark Dehler and lives in Young Harris, Ga., on the YHC campus.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.