Lillie Cox (Ed.D. ’09) named finalist for national educational leadership award

Lillie Cox (Ed.D. ’09), superintendent of the Alamance-Burlington School System, has been named a finalist for the 2014 Women in School Leadership Award, presented by AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

Cox was one of the two superintendents named as finalists for the award. The winner will be announced at the AASA 2014 National Conference on Education in February in Nashville, Tenn.

Cox has served as superintendent at Alamance-Burlington since July 2011. Previously she had worked as superintendent of Hickory Public Schools from 2009 to 2011. She served as Alamance-Burlington’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction from 2006-2009. She also worked as an administrator in the Guilford County Schools system, and has worked as an elementary, middle and high school principal, as well as a teacher.

“Lillie Cox is a champion of children and epitomizes great leadership ability,” the AASA said in announcing the finalists. “Since she returned to Alamance-Burlington Schools as superintendent (the district’s first female head of schools) in 2011, the school system has shown marked improvement in every measure and has achieved several historic milestones because of her vision for public education and for the community.”

Earlier this year, Alamance-Burlington became the only school district in the nation to earn two first place awards in the National School Boards Association Magna Awards competition. In addition, Alamance-Burlington students earned back-to-back historic records for annual scholarship awards, achieved the highest graduation rate in district history and recorded steady advancement on all academic measures.

In addition to her doctorate from Carolina, Cox obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UNC-Greensboro.

The winner of the award was Karen C. Woodward, a superintendent of schools in Lexington, S.C. The winner was announced at the AASA 2014 National Conference on Education in February in Nashville, Tenn.