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Trustee Emeriti

William Cox profile

William Cox


President and Cofounder of Cox, Matthews and Associates (CMA), Inc.


Bachelor's degree, Alabama A&M University
Two master's degrees (in counseling psychology and public administration), Ball State University
Doctorate in higher education administration, The George Washington University


Trustee, 1998-2009

William Cox

William E. Cox is president and cofounder of Cox, Matthews and Associates Inc., a Fairfax, Virginia, firm specializing in publishing, satellite television production, training, education, and consulting. He is the president and managing editor of the company's bimonthly national news magazine, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Cox is an established authority on developing policy and procedures for counseling services. He has conducted higher education programs for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. A former member of the advisory board of the National Council for Education and Human Development at The George Washington University, he has served as chair of the Lifelong Education Advisory Board at Harvard University and the American Counseling Association Foundation. Cox is a life member of both the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

He earned a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University, two master's degrees (in counseling psychology and in public administration) from Ball State University, and a bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M University.

Jean M. Smith profile

Jean M. Smith


Vice President, J. P. Margan Chase (Ret.)
Chase Community Development Corporation


BA in economics and business administration, Fordham University
Completed the Smith Management Program at Smith College


Trustee, 1998-2007
Vice Chair, 2001-2005

Jean Smith

Formerly vice president of Chase Community Development Corporation, Jean M. Smith has worked in the banking and financial industry since 1978. She has held various positions, including management of the flagship branch of Chase Manhattan Bank and management of 22 branches in the Chase retail branch network. She is a member of several professional associations, including Women in Housing and Finance, Urban Bankers, and the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Smith's community service includes involvement with the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO), the Madison Avenue Boys and Girls Club, and the Rose F. Kennedy Family Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business administration from Fordham University and completed the Smith Management Program at Smith College