Charlotte’s (Wildcat) Mayor


Anthony Foxx ’93 learned about leadership at Davidson. Now he wields the gavel in Charlotte.

by Meg Kimmel

When Charlotte ’s new mayor came to campus for the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration, he felt right at home. After all, Anthony Foxx ’93 spent four years at Davidson, where he was the college’s first African-American student body president, as well as a hall counselor and a member of the Honor Council.

As mayor of one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Foxx has a very big job, with homelessness and the economy topping his agenda. But he is finding time for alma mater. A college trustee since January 2009, he spoke at a Davidson reception in Charlotte in mid- January, and on MLK Day, he spoke to the gathering in the Alvarez College Union about what he learned in a Davidson religion class, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nonviolence. He said that this campus is “hallowed ground” for him, and that Davidson was where he “learned about what it truly means to be in the service of others.”

After earning a history degree, Foxx went to New York University School of Law and subsequently held positions in all three branches of federal government—as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit, a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. Foxx returned to his hometown of Charlotte and served on a number of boards. He was elected as an at-large member of the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and was elected mayor in November 2009.

HEAR FOXX’S REMARKS at, under MLK Day and Charlotte Reception.


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