Republican Kathy Cox on Monday abandoned her bid for a third-term as state school superintendent, and will instead accept a position as CEO of a new non-profit U.S. Education Delivery Institute in Washington D.C.
A tearful Cox, flanked by her husband and members of the state Board of Education, told reporters at a press conference that her last day will be June 30. Bert Brantley, a spokesman for Sonny Perdue, said the governor anticipated selecting a replacement before Cox’s departure — in order to ease the transition.
Although the Fayette County resident served two terms in the House, Cox was a working classroom teacher when she was elected to head the state’s $7 billion education system with 1,000 employees.
Cox said she ran for public office after being challenged by her students. “I’ve proven to them that regular people can get elected. Regular people can stay elected, and regular people can serve with dignity and not produce