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Delta State Foundation announces general endowment named in memory of Deborah Cox

By April 1, 2022Foundation, Press Releases

CLEVELAND, Miss.—The Delta State University Foundation has announced the formation of a new general endowment named in remembrance of former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Deborah Cox of Cleveland.

Deborah Cox

A native of McComb, Miss., Cox served as CFO for Delta State’s Foundation from 2005 to 2019. She was an active member of the Cleveland community through several local organizations and supported numerous volunteer opportunities.

Cox passed away in June 2021 at the age of 46 following a battle with breast cancer.

“Deborah was a long-time employee of the Foundation as the CFO, who, in essence, did everything behind the scenes,” said Tom Janoush, board president of the DSU Foundation. “She loved Delta State no matter what, and she truly bled green and white. We couldn’t think of a better person to name this endowment in honor of.”

According to Janoush, the general endowment will provide unrestricted funds to help support the Delta State Foundation.

“They just provide more options,” Janoush explained. “Unrestricted endowments allow your money to be put to more uses and guarantees that it gets used in the area of greatest need.”

He encourages others to consider supporting this general endowment.

“I strongly encourage anyone that’s considering how they can do some good in this world to give back to Delta State and provide money to help students complete their education,” said Janoush. “If you want to have your money work for you and pay you back, give it to a student to go to school…it’s pretty special.”

Those interested in supporting the Deborah Cox Endowment or other funding opportunities can contact the DSU Foundation at (662) 846-4704,, or by visiting