About Lee Cox


Lee is a graduate of Wake Forest University where he earned a BA in English, and he holds MA and PhD degrees from the University of South Carolina, also in English. He has presented at national and regional conferences, served on numerous boards, and has worked closely with schools and educational organizations in Europe, South America, and Asia. He is author and editor of a two-volume work on William Faulkner, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International, and a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor that the state of South Carolina can bestow on one of its citizens.

As a commercially licensed, instrument-rated pilot, Lee is a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, and also volunteers with the Kairos Men’s Prison Ministry. He and his wife Jo are active members of the Anglican Church and enjoy the love and support of a blended family consisting of four children and six grandchildren.

Lee Cox has almost forty years of experience in the education and non-profit worlds, serving as head of school, president, and CEO. He has wide ranging and deep experience with a broad scope of organizational structures, governance models, and institutions. Over the course of his career, Lee has distinguished himself as a successful leader, motivator, strategic planner, innovator, problem solver, fund raiser, and speaker.

As executive director of the South Carolina Humanities Council, Lee forged alliances with private foundations (the Duke Endowment, the Rockefeller Foundation) and state government to lead initiatives in medical ethics and school/college collaborations. He also worked closely with educational, civic, and political leaders in Charleston, South Carolina, to help support efforts that created the Spoleto Festival and the Trident Community Foundation.

As the first president of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Lee oversaw the development of a curriculum focusing on science, math, and technology that also included a rigorous humanities component. During his tenure, the school was twice recognized as one of the best academic high schools in the nation.

During his time as headmaster and president of Christ Church Episcopal School (CCES), Lee oversaw the successful separation of governance between Christ Church and the school, completed the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Program among all three divisions, brought to completion the most successful capital campaign in the school’s history, and expanded and strengthened arts and athletics programs. Lee’s work significantly enhanced Christ Church Episcopal School’s international identity, making CCES the only school outside of Germany to be accredited by the Bavarian Ministry of Education.