Ozarks names Cox to lead alumni relations

Release Date: 7/11/2005

Clarksville, Ark. --- Brandy (Rhodes) Cox, a 1999 University of the Ozarks graduate, has returned to her alma mater as the university's new director of alumni relations.

Cox, the 1999 Miss Arkansas who went on to finish in the top 10 in the Miss America Pageant that year, replaces Reba Pridgin in the alumni relations position. Pridgin was recently named the University’s director of development.

Cox, who is completing work on a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas, brings experience in management of volunteers, public and media relations, and fundraising to her new position. She most recently worked as a district executive for Boys Scouts of America and as the state director of communications for the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential Campaign.

“One mark of success for a university is when alumni want to come back and work for their alma mater,” said Ozarks President Dr. Rick Niece. “We are extremely pleased that Brandy has accepted our offer to be the alumni director. Her energy, enthusiasm and positive attitude are infectious, and Brandy will make a positive difference as we continue to strengthen the relationship between Ozarks and our many loyal alumni.”

Cox has also worked as public relations coordinator for GWL Advertising, Inc., in Little Rock, and has experience as a documentary film producer, motivational speaker and on-camera television and film personality. She is active as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and the Miss Arkansas Scholarship System. Her husband, Chad, is also an Ozarks alumnus.

“University of the Ozarks is my home for so many reasons: from my superb education, to the many friends I consider family, and even having met my husband there,” Cox said. “Our University is a gem that reaches so many people across the world through the vast diversity and successes of our alumni. I believe the one thing that ties us all together through the years is the love and respect gained through our friendships and experiences on campus. It will be a privilege to further that bond among our students as the director of alumni relations for the University of the Ozarks.”