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Air Force retiree to lead Fort Campbell center

A man with extensive experience in both the military and in higher education, particularly for adult students, has been named new executive director for the Austin Peay State University Center @ Fort Campbell, effective Aug. 1, 2007.

Dr. William T. Cox replaces Gerald Beavers, who retired June 30. Beavers had been director and executive director of the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell since 1999. He was a 32-year law enforcement officer who served during 1966-68 with the U.S. Navy.
A man with extensive experience in both the military and in higher education, particularly for adult students, has been named new executive director for the Austin Peay State University Center @ Fort Campbell, effective Aug. 1, 2007.

Dr. William T. Cox replaces Gerald Beavers, who retired June 30. Beavers had been director and executive director of the APSU Center @ Fort Campbell since 1999. He was a 32-year law enforcement officer who served during 1966-68 with the U.S. Navy.

In 1997, Cox received an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. He earned an M.A. in Education Administration from Chapman University, Orange, Calif., in 1997 and a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, in 1978.

Cox was named assistant vice president for extended education and director of the Knoxville Regional Center of Tusculum College in March 2004. As such, he was responsible for faculty assignments and scheduling and for overseeing the daily operations of the center, which involved integration of admissions, advising, student services and faculty staffing for the campus, which services more than 900 adult students per term.

An assistant professor of research, Cox also had served as director of research and assessment for Tusculum College since 2003.

Cox was in the U.S. Air Force from August 1972-March 1997. For four of those years, he worked as an academic instructor, trainer and adviser at the
University of Alabama. In 1992-93, he was selected as the top ROTC instructor in the nation.

As a navigation instructor and in-flight evaluator, Cox logged more than 2,100 hours aboard military aircraft. He served a stint as inspector general and adviser to the chief executive officer, Air University, Montgomery, Ala., the U.S. Air Force's premier academic organization.

Cox's affiliations include the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Education, Capstone Education Society and the Air Force Association. -- Dennie B. Burke