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Collin Dedicates Plaza to Founding Trustee


April 20, 2005 — Collin County Community College District dedicated “Carey Cox Plaza” in a ceremony today in McKinney, honoring the late William Carey Cox Sr., who was a charter member of the district’s Board of Trustees and the first chairman of the board.

The dedication ceremony took place at the college’s Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive in McKinney. Carey Cox Plaza, located outdoors at the southern end of the campus between wings A and B, stands on the site of the college’s very first graduation ceremony in 1986. Nine crepe myrtles surround the plaza representing the number of graduates who received their diplomas that day. Wildflowers planted around the plaza were incorporated to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, favorites of the Cox family. A cast bronze plaque dedicated to Cox was unveiled at the ceremony.

Cox co-chaired the original Committee of 100, which helped found the college, and he became the college’s first chairman of the board when the college was established in 1985. He served as a trustee for more than 17 years and as chairman for 15.

According to Sam Roach, current chairman of the Board of Trustees, “He was a man of many accomplishments, both professional and personal. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, president of Rotary International and director of the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors,” Roach said. “He also represented us at the American Association of Community College Trustees. In his spare time, he was a youth counselor, Sunday school teacher and he sang in the church choir. He was a genuine inspiration.” 

Cox grew up in McKinney and was a business and community leader. His firm, the Carey Cox Co., specialized in commercial and industrial real estate. In 2001, he was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.

Visitors stroll the grounds of “Carey Cox Plaza” at the college’s Central Park Campus in McKinney.

“Carey Cox did a tremendous job for Collin County Community College. His dedication and service benefited our college, students and community,” college President Cary A. Israel said. “This is a way to memorialize his leadership for our students.”

Cox’s surviving family members cut the ribbon for the memorial and offered perspectives on the late trustee’s life. 

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.