Michael J. Cox
At UNCF, Michael Cox has the responsibility to advance the mission of UNCF in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. Currently, he’s the Regional Development Director for UNCF and a consultant on strategic transformation, leadership development and change management for non-profits. Cox holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and a master’s in religious education from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary of Fort Worth, TX.
UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to our nation. The mission is to enable students, in particular African American students, to get to and through college.
Cox has served in leadership capacities for faith based organizations in New Jersey, Texas, Ohio and Illinois. Most recently he served as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair from 2005-2010, where he grew the congregation from 100 active members to over 1100. He is the co-author of Church Planting in the African American Community, published by Judson Press in 2002.
In 2006, he was honored as the Religion Award recipient by the Montclair Branch of the NAACP. In 2007, Essence magazine named him one of "America’s Do Right Men of the Year" for his leadership in the community. He was also the 2009-2010 President of the Montclair Clergy Association and former advisory board member of HomeCorp, a not-for-profit entity to help low-income families own or secure homes in Montclair. He also served as a trustee on the board of the Mountainside Hospital in Montclair from 2009-2010. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.