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CCCCD Trustee Carey Cox Named Citizen of the Year


CCCCD Board of Trustee Carey Cox Named Outstanding McKinney Citizen of the Year

Carey Cox, a founding member of the Collin County Community College District’s (CCCCD) Board of Trustees, was named Outstanding McKinney Citizen of the Year at the McKinney Annual Community Awards banquet Friday, April 6. Cox, president of industrial brokerage firm Carey Cox Company in McKinney, served as chairman of the CCCCD Board of Trustees from the college’s inception in 1985 to June 2000 and continues to serve as a board member. He also represents the college as a member of the American Association of Community College Trustees.

“Carey Cox has done a tremendous job for Collin County Community College District. His dedication and service have benefited our college, students and community,” said Cary A. Israel, CCCCD president. “We value his expertise and especially his latest endeavor where he is representing the college on a national level.”

In addition to his service to CCCCD, Cox is currently director of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors, board member of the Grayson Collin Rural Rail District, member of the Texas Rail Advisory Committee and president of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors.

During his tenure on the CCCCD Board of Trustees, Cox has helped guide the college from its earliest beginnings, when approximately 1,000 students enrolled in classes at area high schools in 1985, to becoming a nationally recognized leader in higher education, currently serving over 33,000 credit and continuing education students.

“Carey Cox is well deserving of the Outstanding McKinney Citizen award. He has served the community in numerous ways. Through his outstanding commitment to Collin County Community College District, Carey led the board in building a strong foundation for the college. He was involved in hiring the college’s presidents, establishing our three major campuses, and setting the tone for academic excellence at CCCCD,” said Sam Roach, CCCCD chairman of the Board of Trustees.

In the 2000-2001 academic year, CCCCD has ranked nationally in the areas of instruction, programs and student excellence. Theatre professor Brad Baker was recognized as U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and USA Today. The Learning Communities and Service Learning program was awarded the National Bellwether Award for innovative and outstanding practices. And CCCCD student Thomas Doan was named to the First All-USA Academic Team, presented by international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.