MACON – Young Harris College President and former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been appointed dean of Mercer University’s School of Law, effective July 1. She will succeed Daisy Hurst Floyd, who has served as dean since 2014, after serving in the position from 2004 to 2010.
Cox, a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Mercer Law School, becomes the first alum to lead the School – other than on an interim basis – since William Augustus Bootle, who was dean from 1933 to 1937. Bootle was later appointed to the federal bench and ordered the integration of the University of Georgia.
“Cathy Cox brings to the Mercer Law deanship an uncommon breadth and depth of experience in higher education, public service and the practice of law,” said Mercer Provost Dr. D. Scott Davis. “We could not be more excited about her accepting this opportunity to return to her alma mater and provide leadership for the state’s oldest ABA-accredited law school.”