HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President B. James Dawson has announced the promotion of Lisa Blair-Cox to vice president for administration.
Blair-Cox has served as dean of administration for nearly three years, leading the university’s transition from an office of security to a state recognized police force in June 2012. Additionally, she has worked tirelessly to maximize safety and security on campus, resulting in the acquisition of an emergency siren and many other facilities enhancements across campus.
“A University can’t achieve academic excellence with an adequate infrastructure,” LMU President B. James Dawson said. “Lisa Blair-Cox has excelled at managing the departments that keep this campus running on day-to-day basis.”
Blair-Cox will continue to oversee the areas of human resources, risk and insurance management, Sigmon Communications Center, campus police and security, water plant, post office, print services, furniture procurement, special events and interior design and the office of properties and physical plant. She is responsible for nearly 100 employees, including the university’s security and maintenance staffs. The Sigmon Communications Center includes the university’s radio, television and audio visual support operations including radio stations 91.3 FM WLMU and 740 AM WCXZ and television stations LMU-TV Channel 4, W18AN Tri-State TV and Channel 20. Cox will report directly to the president and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Blair-Cox joined LMU in 2002, serving as executive assistant to the president. In that role, she facilitated communication between the president and trustees, assisted with written materials and advised the President on organizational issues and policies. Blair-Cox was also very involved in the University’s risk management and assisted with human resource and operations issues.
Blair-Cox came to LMU following six years at DeRoyal Industries in New Tazewell, Tenn., where she served in a number of roles during her tenure. Cox began her career in higher education as financial aid/student activities coordinator at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland.
Blair-Cox is a Cumberland native. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in business administration in human resource management from Northcentral University. Blair-Cox holds a master of science in human resource management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., a bachelor of Business administration from LMU and an associate of applied science in office administration from Southeast Community College.
She is the daughter of Wayne and Joyce Blair, of Cumberland. She and her husband, Lieven Cox, reside in Harrogate, Tenn. She attends Christ the King Catholic Church in Tazewell, Tenn., where she also serves as the parish council secretary. Blair-Cox is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.