EACC has announced Dr. Yolanda Cox of Bryant, Arkansas as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her primary duties will include supervising and coordinating all instructional programs, including transfer, vocational, allied health and technical programs. Dr. Cox will begin her duties on September 26.
Dr. Cox has eighteen years of experience in higher education leadership. She currently serves as Director of Academic Services at National Park College in Hot Springs, where she manages and coordinates curriculum, catalog management, concurrent credit, commencement, academic promotional materials and website, and transfer efforts of National Park University Center. In addition, she coordinates accreditation and state compliance and serves as a liaison between academic affairs and the offices of external affairs and enrollment services.
During her time at National Park College, she also served as Director of National Park University where she collaborated with faculty, staff, and university partners to create policies and processes required to develop, maintain, promote, and advise for articulated degrees, including 2+2 agreements, and other completion programs. She also assisted in development and management of collaboration model to attract four-year university partners to offer degrees on the NPC campus and coordinated all aspects of commencement activities.
Dr. Cox also formerly served as faculty member and department chair of the Communication Department at Pulaski Technical College, now University of Arkansas- Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock. She served as the inaugural chair of the department which provided leadership for the basic communication courses. In addition to Dr. Cox's academic leadership experiences, she also has a corporate background which includes human resources and project management.
Dr. Cox earned a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education, a Master of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She graduated from Harrisburg High School.
"We are thrilled to have a person of Dr. Cox's caliber join the EACC family," said Dr. Cathie Cline, EACC President. "Her experience at an independent two-year institution is a perfect fit for us, and is complemented by her ties to the area. We will benefit greatly from her knowledge, wisdom, experience, and work ethic," she added.
"It is an honor to join the EACC leadership team. The commitment of the faculty, staff, and administration of the College to making a difference in the lives of students and in the community is exceptional," said Dr. Cox. "I look forward to contributing to the College's accomplishments and initiatives. As a graduate of Harrisburg High School, I am also excited to return and give back to a region that shaped me," she added.