Michelle Cox, Ph.D. serves as the Extension County Director with oversight for Lake and McHenry Counties. In her role, Dr. Cox is responsible for communicating the educational mission of the University of Illinois, providing leadership and guidance, establishing relationships with diverse audiences, and collaborating and partnering with community stakeholders to improve the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live.
Dr. Cox is a professional with a principal dedication to ensuring all, no matter their situation or circumstances, have access to resources that empower, strengthen, and encourage success in all areas of life. With 25 years of diverse experience, Dr. Cox’s vision encompasses providing individuals with affirming opportunities, experiences, and relationships that inspire.
A lifelong constituent of Lake County, Dr. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Barat College as well as a master’s degree in Human Services and a doctoral degree in Education from Capella University. Dr. Cox is a certified facilitator and train-the-trainer for Washington State University’s Navigating Difference Cultural Competency Program, as well as a certified master-facilitator for the Real Colors temperament tool. She is also co-author of “Her Voice: A Legacy of Modeling, Mentoring, and Othermothering,” a book that pays homage to individuals who help pave the way for her success.