Shelton State Community College has replaced current President Brad Newman with a new interim president, Chris Cox.

First reported by CBS 42, Cox has been officially appointed to the role, with his tenure effective immediately.

Cox has over 25 years experience operating in higher education administration. Currently, he is the special assistant to the Chancellor at the Alabama Community College System.

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“Dr. Cox has proven to be an innovative and capable leader,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “I am confident Chris will lead Shelton State well and provide great value to the college’s students, faculty, staff, and the Tuscaloosa-area community.”

He's previously served as interim president at Northwest-Shoals Community College, Bevil State Community College and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

Cox originates from Geneva, and got his start as a teacher and coach at Dale County High School in Midland City. He then went on to be the assistant principal at Geneva High School and later principal at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Troy University where he majored in social science, and later earned a master's degree in educational administration from Alabama State University. He also earned his doctorate in educational administration from Auburn University.

“It is an honor to be called on by Chancellor Baker to serve Shelton State Community College in this capacity,” Cox said. “I look forward to working alongside the faculty, staff, and administration at Shelton State as we provide educational opportunities for students and help meet the workforce needs of business and industry in west Alabama. Go Bucs!”

No details are immediately available to explain Newman's sudden departure.

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