GOVERNOR APPOINTS COX
Governor Phil Bredesen recently appointed a University of Tennessee at Martin Department of History lecturer to the Tennessee Historical Commission for a term that spans 2008-12.
Brent Cox, of Milan, was nominated by the Tennessee Native American Convention and supported by UT Martin faculty and students.
In a letter to Cox that accompanied a certificate, Gov. Bredesen said, “In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, your individual characteristics and professional qualifications were exceptional among the number of nominees who expressed interest.” He added, “It is very important to me that our state boards and commissions are filled with the most dedicated citizens. . . . I have great confidence in your abilities and the contribution you will make to our cause. I thoroughly look forward to working with you.”
The mission of the Tennessee Historical Commission is to encourage the inclusive diverse study of Tennessee’s history for the benefit of future generations; to protect, preserve, interpret, operate, maintain and administer historic sites; to mark important locations, persons and events in Tennessee history; to assist in worthy publication projects; to review, comment on and identify projects that will potentially impact state-owned and non-state-owned historic properties; to locate, identify, record and nominate to the National Register of Historic Places all properties which meet National Register criteria and to implement other programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended.
“It is a small group of people with a large task,” said Cox. “I look forward to it as I always look forward to serving Tennessee and UT Martin.”
In addition to his faculty responsibilities and other projects, Cox has served as chair of the West Tennessee Caucus and was a former board officer of the Tennessee Native American Convention, part of the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs, and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council to Tennessee Indian Affairs. He also plans and oversees the Native American Day, part of the annual UT Martin Civil Rights Conference. The eighth conference is slated for Feb. 25-March 1, with the fourth annual Native American Day events on Feb. 26.