The Superintendent of Schools, as the Executive Officer of the County Board of Education, shall see that the laws relating to schools, the enacted and published bylaws, and policies of the County Board of Education are carried into effect.
In July of 2009, Dr. David Cox was appointed as Superintendent of Schools in Allegany County, Maryland, and was reappointed for a second term in July of 2013. The elected Board of Education voted on February 14, 2017, in a 3-1 vote to renew Dr. David Cox's contract for a third four-year term.
During his tenure in the Allegany County Public School System, Dr. Cox formed a Community Resource Committee for the Utilization Study of Secondary Schools in Cumberland that was charged with making recommendations to the school board regarding long-range capital improvement priorities for these schools. This has led to the current design and planned construction of a new Allegany High School, which will open in the fall of 2018.
During Dr. Cox’s tenure, Allegany County Public Schools has increased its graduation rate to above 92%; significantly increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement and College Courses; become home to two additional National Blue Ribbon Schools for a total of three schools with this ranking; established a multiple award-winning Elementary Chinese Immersion Program; implemented Active Learning Labs (ALL) pilot focusing on student engagement in a technology rich environment; and has offered a high quality preschool opportunity to all interested parents.
Dr. Cox is the 2016 Maryland Superintendent of the Year and is the President of the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland for 2016- 2017. He has been elected to the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, Maryland, and to the Board of Directors of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce. Also, Dr. Cox is an active member of the Cumberland Rotary and LaVale Lions Club.
Dr. Cox came to Allegany County with ten years of experience as a superintendent in Virginia. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Cox served as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, an elementary school principal, a middle school assistant principal, and a middle and high school teacher in Virginia, Kansas and Tennessee. Dr. Cox received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, his Masters of Supervision and Administration, and his Bachelors of Music Education, all from East Tennessee State University in his native Northeast Tennessee.