Staff


Dr. Marcus S. Cox
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
mcox1@xula.edu
(504)520-7669

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. Ryann Handy
Graduate Recruiter and Enrollment Coordinator
rhandy@xula.edu
(504)520-7487

Ryann Handy currently works as the Graduate Recruiter and Enrollment Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Programs. She is originally from Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She has been working in graduate admissions for the past three years and also previously served as a college adviser at her former high school. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, traveling, and eating at all different kinds of restaurants.