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Cox Communications Leader to Speak to Public Relations Class

Gary T. McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Cox Communications, will visit Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications on Thursday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. McCollum will speak to Professor Mavis Carr’s public relations class (JAC 320) about leadership.

Named by CableFax as one of the “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” for three years in a row, McCollum currently oversees Cox systems in Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia and Roanoke. With more than 20 years at Cox, he is best known for spearheading an effort to bring the Information Superhighway to all segments of the community, including low-income households. His clear commitment to the community has been recognized in many arenas.

Along with being inducted into two Hall of Fames, McCollum is the recipient of the Corporate Trail Blazer award from the Fairfax County NAACP, Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management from the National Cable Telecommunications Association and Community Leadership Award from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. Prior to Cox, he served eight years active duty as a military intelligence officer for the U.S. Army’s elite U.S. Army Rangers. McCollum is currently a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.

A graduate of James Madison University with an MBA from the University of Connecticut, McCollum was the first in his family to attend college. He is currently a lifetime member of the NAACP and board member of the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association, Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, ACCESS College Foundation among other community organizations.

Founded in 1962, Cox is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. Best known for pioneering the bundle of television, Internet and telephone services together, it is the third-largest cable entertainment and broadband services provider in the country.

For more information, contact Mavis Carr at mavis.carr@hamptonu.edu or 757.727.6002.