Alumnus Appointed to Cabinet Post

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Anthony Foxx talks with Davidson students

Anthony Foxx ’93

By Lisa A. Patterson

Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93 cleared the last hurdle on his way to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation, receiving unanimous Senate confirmation in June.

Foxx was tapped to replace outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. The nomination moved unanimously through the Senate commerce committee in May.President Barack Obama announced Foxx’s nomination in April.

“On behalf of the Davidson community, I congratulate Anthony Foxx on his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Anthony has made a powerful contribution to Davidson College, as a student and a member of our Board of Trustees, and his tireless leadership as Mayor of Charlotte has raised our collective aspirations while improving daily life, particularly for our most marginalized citizens. His greatest strengths—creativity, integrity, compassion, and an infectious energy—will serve all Americans well in Washington, and we look forward to the great things he will inspire and accomplish,” said Davidson College President Carol Quillen.

Foxx joins former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk to become the second Davidson alumnus to hold a cabinet-level post.

Foxx was first elected to the Charlotte City Council in 2005, and was elected mayor in November 2009. He served as chair of the steering and host committees for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Raised in Charlotte, Foxx earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Davidson and was the first African American elected as student body president. He earned his law degree from New York University and has served in all three branches of federal government—as a judicial clerk for the U.S. Circuit Court for the Sixth Circuit, trial attorney for the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and counsel for the House Judiciary Committee.

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