From the Margins to the Center: The Legacy of Dr. William E. Cox
Although I did not have the privilege of knowing Dr. William (Bill) Cox for as long nor as well as many of my higher education colleagues, I knew him well enough to ascertain several important things about him. First, he was an unapologetically Black man who cared passionately and profoundly about the well-being of Black people and other historically marginalized people. Second, he embraced education as a tool for transforming the lives of our people. Third, he exuded kindness, warmth, and professionalism, and he always took time to talk with people, whether they were college presidents, or recently appointed entry-level administrators trying to establish a professional foothold. Fourth, he had an unswerving commitment to excellence reflected in every issue of Blacks Issues In Higher Education, later renamed Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, co-founded with his business partner, Frank L. Matthews in 1984.
Originally published: June 27, 2022
Author: Charlie Nelms
Position: Chancellor Emeritus
Institution: North Carolina Central University
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education