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Cox earns doctorate from Ole Miss

Cox earns doctorate from Ole Miss Pictured is Grenada Campus Academic Coordinator Kathryn Cox, who recently earned her PhD from Ole Miss.

Holmes Community College Grenada Campus Academic Coordinator Kathryn Harlow Cox recently earned her Ed. D. in Higher Education and Leadership from the University of Mississippi. Cox's dissertation was entitled "Factors Associated with Student Withdrawal at a Mississippi Community College."

Cox said the purpose of her study was to understand the reasons students give for withdrawal and how those reasons differ among student demographics. This quantitative study found a relationship between withdrawal reason and student ethnicity, age and gender. The results showed personal problems and coursework issues were the highest selected withdrawal reasons. These two reasons showed a significant impact in all demographic groups.

"The Grenada Campus is so proud of Kathryn for completing her doctorate while starting a new position as Academic Coordinator," said Grenada Campus Vice President Dr. Michelle Burney. "Kathryn is a huge asset to our campus and has been a wonderful addition to our Grenada administrative team. We are lucky to have her!"

Cox holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and an MBA with an emphasis in human resource management, both from Delta State University. Prior to her current position, she served in various other capacities on the Holmes Grenada Campus. She began as a receptionist in 2013, moved up to an admissions representative in 2014, became an academic counselor in 2014 and finally moved into her current position in 2019. Prior to Holmes, she also served as a graduate recruiter/admissions representative at Delta State.

As a student, she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and she has continued to excel academically and serve as a leader in her career. She was named Delta State University Staff Employee of the Month in September 2011, and graduated from the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academic Class of 2019.

"To be able to complete a doctorate while working and raising a family is a tremendous feat, but to be able to do all that and still appear calm and unruffled is amazing!" said Vice President for Academic Programs Dr. Jenny Bailey Jones. "Her dedication to Holmes is apparent and she is certainly an asset to the Academic Programs Division. We are so fortunate to have her as part of our Holmes family!"

Cox and her husband, Michael, have two children: Camden (6) and Harper (2).


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