MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (AP) – Former Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox has been appointed to lead a humanities university in central Georgia.

The Georgia Board of Regents named Cox as the next president of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville on Thursday. The school had almost 7,000 students last fall. Current President Steve Dorman announced his resignation in September earlier this year. Cox’s term begins October 1st.

University System of Georgia incumbent Chancellor Teresa MacCartney cited Cox’s experience in the humanities as one of several reasons she was a strong candidate for the position. Cox served 10 years as president of Young Harris College, a private humanities college in the mountains of North Georgia. She was also the Dean of Mercer University School of Law in 2017.

“Georgia College & State University has long played a special role within the USG as the state’s public humanities college, gaining a new leader who naturally understands the importance of this mission to both students and the state,” University System of Georgia Acting That said Chancellor Teresa MacCartney. “Cathy Cox has deep experience in liberal arts education and a passion for making Georgia College a success.”

Cox thanked the board for the opportunity.

“I look forward to working with an already great faculty and staff to improve Georgia College as a destination for students seeking excellent humanities education. I can’t wait to get started, ”she said in a statement.

Cox served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and served as Georgian Secretary of State from 1999 to 2007, becoming the first woman in the history of the state to hold the post. In 2006 she ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for governorship.