Office of Graduate Programs

Office of Graduate Programs Staff
Dr. Marcus S. Cox
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Marcus S. Cox serves as Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Summer School and Director of the Center for Continuing Studies and Distance Education in the College of Arts & Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. He earned an undergraduate degree in marketing and a master’s degree in history from Southern University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel School of Business Administration.  Dr. Cox received his doctorate degree in African American history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Throughout his professional career, he has held leadership positions as Founding Director of the African American Studies, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Dean of The Citadel Graduate College with leadership responsibility of Evening Undergraduate Studies. He holds the distinction of being the first African American faculty member appointed to the position of Dean in the 172-year history of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina.

Professor Cox specializes in African American civil-military history, the Modern Civil Rights Movement, African American history, and U.S. history post-1945. He is the author of over a dozen articles and reviews on the history of African American military personnel, black higher education and military training programs at black colleges and universities. He is also the author of Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South.  Dr. Cox’s current book project uses the U.S. military’s landmark studies on race relations in the armed forces, Freedom to Serve (1950), The President’s Committee Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces (1964) and From Representation to Inclusion (2011), to assess racial progress in the armed forces today and explain why the U.S. military continues to be a societal barometer for social progress in America.

Among many organizations and associations, Dr. Cox is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the Knights of Peter Claver Inc., the American Conference of Academic Deans, the Southern Historical Association, and the Association of the Study of African American Life and History.
Ms. Marlene C. Robinson
Director of Graduate Admissions

Ms. Marlene C Robinson earned the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1967 and 1977, respectively.

She joined the University in 1973 in the Office of Admissions as the Transcript Analyst and backup Admissions Counselor; she moved to the Office of the Registrar as the Special Projects Coordinator in 1979 and later became the University Registrar in 1980 until 1989.

In 1989 she joined the Graduate School as its Special Projects Coordinator and later became the Director of Graduate Admissions in 2007.

Ms. Robinson also serves as the Xavier chapter advisor for Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society; she has held this position since 1978. .  She is a past President of the National organization and is currently serving as the Director for Region VI (the Louisiana and Mississippi member institutions) and a member of the Executive Council.

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