Kathy Cox was most recently the CEO of the Education Delivery Institute (EDI), a non-profit education consulting firm that specialized in the implementation of education initiatives from Pre-k through college. She has helped education leaders in over 30 states focus their agendas and bring about improved results for students, including the implementation of more rigorous academic standards and new teacher/leader evaluation systems. Kathy was elected as Georgias State Superintendent of Schools from 2003 to 2010. During her time in office, the state successfully tackled high school reform and saw tremendous growth in the graduation rate while also addressing early childhood literacy. She spearheaded the writing and implementation of and the creation and implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards and a P-20 statewide strategic plan that involved six other educational agencies. Prior to becoming State Superintendent, Kathy was a high school social studies teacher for fifteen years in three award-winning schools in Fayette County Georgia. In 1995 she was named High School Educator of the Year by the Georgia Council of the Social Studies. It was her students who catapulted her into politics by encouraging her to run for State Representative in 1998. While continuing to teach, she served for two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives. Kathy Cox holds a bachelors and masters degree from Emory University.