Bobby Cox joined NIET as an executive-in-residence in 2020. Bobby is responsible for expanding the reach of NIET's work, relationships, and partnerships in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky. Bobby began his teaching career in 1991 in Warren County Schools, Tennessee, and moved into administration at the central office level in 1999 as the attendance supervisor. He then became the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction − a position he held for 10 years. Bobby ascended to superintendent in July 2012 and served for eight years, retiring in June 2020 after 29 years with the school district.
Bobby was awarded the Upper Cumberland Regional Supervisor of the Year award in 2009, Middle Tennessee Regional Supervisor of the Year in 2010, and was awarded the Tennessee Supervisor of the Year in 2012 by the Tennessee Department of Education. He earned the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) A.F. Bridges Award in 2015 and was named TOSS Upper Cumberland Superintendent of the Year in 2017. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts and education specialist degree from Tennessee Tech University.