From starting his education at a community college, to working over 30 years, Robert Cox now has the opportunity to work for a community college. “Like many students, I juggled school, work and sports,” he says. “I know firsthand the benefits of attending a community college. That’s why I couldn’t pass up the chance to work for BMCC.
Career in purchasing
“After graduating from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, Cox left the New York City area and moved to Texas, where his family had relocated. However, the thought of being back in New York never left his mind. He started working for a nationwide overnight freight company, a job that eventually led him back to New York. “After that, I got a job with the City of New York, which launched my career in purchasing,” says Cox.
As a part of the City's first training program for purchasing managers, Cox was able to hone his skills for purchasing, while being near the city he loved. “I did that for ten years, but my kids were young and I wanted to work closer to home to spend more time with them,” he says.
By working for a large school district in South Jersey, he was able to start his educational purchasing career. While there, he earned certificates in both public and private procurement, as well as his School Business Administrators Certificate.
Cox worked for the school district in South Jersey for 11 years; then thought it was time for a change. “I saw the ad for the position at BMCC, and it was me. It was exactly what I do. I left New York to spend more time with my family, but now my children are grown. This was the perfect opportunity to get back to New York."
Part of a team
“During the interview process, I realized that working for CUNY and BMCC is about being a part of a team. With purchasing, you get to interact with all different departments,” says Cox. “I have always been in the service industry; which is what purchasing is all about. You are servicing the various departments, who in turn service the students. We’re all one big team at BMCC.”
While working for BMCC, Cox hopes to help implement the CUNYfirst Procurement system; creating the first integrated system within the college. “An integrated system will streamline the purchasing, making it more effective.”
Back to his roots
After a full career, Cox is back to his old stomping grounds. “I started out at a community college in the New York City area, and now after all this time, I get to work for one. I have truly come full circle in my career. I’m glad that this is where life has taken me.”