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Carson-Newman president announces retirement plans


JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (BP)–Cordell Maddox, president of Carson-Newman College the past 22 years, announced Jan. 15 he will retire July 31.
Maddox, 67, shared his plans during the annual January meeting of trustees of the Jefferson City, Tenn., college. He is the senior college president in Tennessee and among Baptist-affiliated schools nationally.
Trustee chair Jeanette Blazier of Kingsport, Tenn., named an eight-member search committee to seek Maddox’s successor, with four additional ex officio members, including two representatives of the faculty and one each from the student government and the alumni organization.
Upon retiring Maddox will assume the role of president emeritus. While the title carries no specific administrative authority, he will serve as a consultant to ensure a smooth transition of leadership and will work with the trustees and the new president in the areas of fund raising and denominational relations.
When Maddox came to Carson-Newman College in the summer of 1977 after serving as president of Anderson (S.C.) College, Carson-Newman had a declining enrollment of 1,518 students and a budget deficit of more than $350,000.
After more than two decades of leadership, enrollment last fall reached an all-time high of 2,336, the 11th consecutive semester of record enrollment. The college also has finished every fiscal year of his tenure with an excess of revenue over expenditures. During Maddox’s tenure endowment grew from less than $3.5 million to more than $20 million.
Maddox is a former president of the Global Education Consortium (formerly Cooperative Services International Education Consortium) and the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools.
A native of LaGrange, Ga., Maddox is a graduate of Furman University, Greenville, S.C., and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.
He and his wife, Brona, have four adult children and 11 grandchildren.