- M.A., University Leadership, Lenoir-Rhyne University
- B.A., Communication Studies, Luther College
Appointed in 2020, Liz Cox is assistant vice president for development at Lenoir-Rhyne. In this role, she oversees major gifts, annual giving, donor relations, capital campaigns and corporate and foundation fundraising. In 2018, she joined the university as a major gifts officer.
Cox received the inaugural Leadership Studies Award, which recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates a commitment to personal and professional development, who seeks to live out the values of Lenoir-Rhyne University, and who is dedicated to responsible leadership service to the world. While at LR, she lead the development team to raise a record amount of $19.3 million in cash and commitments in fiscal year 2022, reflecting a remarkable increase of 120 percent year over year. Notably, more than 11.5 percent of Lenoir-Rhyne University alumni and more than 16.7 percent of LTSS alumni made gifts that same fiscal year, marking growth in the university’s alumni giving participation, as well. She also lead and oversaw fundraising initiatives for several key capital projects, including the single largest capital campaign in LR history: $18 million renovations to Moretz Stadium.
Prior to Lenoir-Rhyne, Cox served in development positions at Davidson College and Guilford College in North Carolina, as well as at her alma mater and in the nonprofit sector.