Samuel P. Cox
Mr. Cox, a native of Atlanta, GA, graduated with the BS from Wake Forest University in 1981, where he studied Biology and Health and Exercise Science, while lettering both in cross country and track. He served as an Army R.O.T.C. scholarship cadet, graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate, and received a Regular Army Commission. Mr. Cox continued his studies at the University of South Carolina, where he received the MS degree in Exercise Physiology in 1983, while serving as a graduate research assistant and as an officer in the SC Army National Guard.
Upon graduating from South Carolina in 1983, Mr. Cox served five years on active duty in the army, with assignments in San Antonio, TX, Petersburg, VA, Indianapolis, IN, and Ludwigsburg, Germany. He held numerous positions of leadership, including a two-year stint as a company commander of a Combat Support Hospital in Germany.
Upon resigning from the US Army in 1988, Mr. Cox began serving in the Army National Guard, followed by the Army Reserves, with various assignments in Washington, Oregon, Florida, and Virginia before retiring in 2002 with nearly twenty-one years of commissioned service. His military duties took him around the globe, including Germany, England, The Netheralands, Panama, Brazil, and Paraguay–where he successfully commanded a medical humanitarian mission and received citation from that nation’s president.
Mr. Cox worked in Seattle, WA and Corvallis, OR 1988-1991, and picked up the BA degree in History from Oregon State University in 1991, where he was a university teaching assistant. He also taught history part-time, and coached cross country and track, at a small public high school in Oregon. He continued his study of history at The College of William and Mary, where he received the MA degree in 1993. While in Williamsburg, Mr. Cox spent two years as a graduate teaching assistant at William and Mary, in addition to a part-time teaching assignment at Walsingham Academy, where he also served as cross country and track coach.
From 1993-1999, Mr. Cox taught history at St. Johns Country Day School outside Jacksonville, FL, where he also served as dean of students and head cross country and track coach. While there, he led student groups to Germany, Austria, and France on several occasions, and studied a summer in Poland and Israel on a teacher’s fellowship. In 1999, he accepted an appointment as Upper School Head at North Cross School in Roanoke, VA, where he served for two years. While at North Cross, Sam also taught a course in European History, was assistant cross country coach, and was instrumental in several key policy changes in the upper school.
Mr. Cox became Head of School at Faith Christian School in 2001, where he has seen the school grow from ninety to 315 students. During his tenure, the school has moved into its own campus in a 68,500 square foot academic building on twenty-five acres along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, and they added the lower school program. He is married to the former Erin Bobel, and they have three children, Anna, Avery, and Charlie—all students at Faith Christian. They are active members of St. John Lutheran Church (LCMC), where Sam has served as Church Council President. Additionally, he has served on the Roanoke Valley Young Life Committee, as he did in Orange Park, FL, and served on the Board of Directors for The Society for Classical Learning from 2003-2010, including five years as treasurer. Mr. Cox has been an Arete Fellow with the Institute for Classical Schools since 2010, and has served as the non-public school member of the VA State Council of SACS/AdvancED since 2012.
In addition to his BS (Wake Forest), MS (South Carolina), BA (Oregon State), and MA (William & Mary) degrees, Mr. Cox has completed additional graduate work in History, Theology, Education, Management, and Military Studies at The College of William and Mary, the University of New Hampshire, Jacksonville University, Trinity University, Regent College (Vancouver, BC), Hebrew University, Yad Vashem (Jerusalem), the US Army Medical Center and School, and the Army Command and General Staff College.