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Ron Cox, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs; Professor of History
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion USC Palmetto College
USC Lancaster
Phone: 803-313-7101
Fax: 803-313-7106
Office: Starr Hall 126
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm by appointment
Ron Cox,  Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs


A native of Hebron (Williamsburg County), South Carolina, where my family has lived since the 1740s, I graduated from East Clarendon High School in Turbeville, SC in 1985.

From there, I attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, earning a bachelor's degree in history and graduating summa cum laude in 1989. At Wofford, I was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

I earned my master's degree and Ph.D., both in history, from the University of South Carolina - 1992 and 1996, respectively -- studying under Dr. Walter Edgar. My research interests focused on Civil Rights-era South Carolina, specifically examining how the Palmetto State dealt with challenges and changes to its Jim Crow system in the early 1960s.

Hired in 1992 as an instructor of history at USC Salkehatchie, I entered the tenure track as an Assistant Professor in 1995, was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded tenure in 2001. In 2000, I accepted the position of Director of the USC Salkehatchie Walterboro campus, my first venture into the world of administration.

Since 2002, I have served as Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs at USC Lancaster, and in 2015 was promoted to the rank of Professor of History. I continue to teach a variety of classes, including European Civilization, US History, Civil War & Reconstruction, Old South, New South, and I developed a course, PALM 493 - South Carolina Studies - for the BLS and BOL degrees offered through Palmetto College.

I am a member of the Regional & Branch Campus Administrators (RBCA) professional organization, as well as a member of the Southern Historical Association, the South Carolina Historical Association, and the South Carolina Historical Society.

A resident of Lancaster, I am married. My husband David and I are parents to three wonderful young adults (Holbrook, Sarah, and Christopher), as well as to two dogs, Sophie and Roophus Adolphus. We are active with Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, where David serves part-time as Assistant Director of Music (in addition to his full-time job with the Lancaster County School District). We have also both been very active with the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.