Dr. Lance Ratcliff decides to leave Cox College

Dr. Lance Ratcliff decides to leave Cox College

The Cox College Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Lance Ratcliff, who has served Cox College as president for three years, has decided to leave the college effective immediately to pursue other opportunities outside of the organization. During Dr. Ratcliff’s time, Cox College has seen tremendous growth with record-breaking enrollment and new programs. Dr. Ratcliff enjoyed his time at Cox College, and he wishes the entire college community well.


Dr. Robert Lunn, who retired from CoxHealth in August 2015, will serve as interim president effective immediately while the Cox College Board of Trustees conducts a nationwide search for a new president. He will host meet and greet sessions for faculty, staff, and students on Wednesday, March 1st from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the college.

Retired from CoxHealth in August 2015, Dr. Lunn concluded a 46-year career in health administration, including 29 years in executive roles and 17 years in health administration education. At CoxHealth, he helped Steve Edwards found the CoxHealth Leadership Institute, which is now the Center for Professional Development.

Dr. Lunn’s healthcare executive roles include Director of Blue Ridge Comprehensive Community Health Center in Charlottesville, VA; start-up Executive Director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at University of Massachusetts Med Center in Worcester, MA; Chief Operating Officer of the 450+ physician University of Florida Clinic in Gainesville, FL; start-up Chief Operating Officer of the 125+ physician Emory Pediatric Care Foundation at Emory University in Atlanta, GA; Professor and Vice Chair of an 80+ physician internal medicine group at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; and Chief Executive Officer of the Springfield-Greene County Regional Health Commission.

Dr. Lunn’s faculty positions include Duke University, University of Massachusetts, University of Florida, Emory University, East Carolina University, and Missouri State University. At MSU, from 1998-2011, Dr. Lunn was Professor of Management in the College of Business, founding Director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, and Dean’s Distinguished Fellow in Health Administration.  While at MSU, he won awards for teaching, research, and graduate student mentoring.  He is Professor Emeritus of Management.  In 2010, Dr. Lunn was named a Springfield Business Journal Healthcare Champion in the classroom educator category.  He is a retired Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps Officer, last called for active duty in 1991 for Operation Desert Storm.

Dr. Lunn has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Williams College in Williamstown, MA; a Master of Health Administration from Duke University in Durham, NC (where he later served as an MHA faculty member, Director of MHA Admissions, and Director of MHA Graduate Studies); and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. He has trained and become certified to facilitate DiSC®, Crucial Conversations, and 360-degree management evaluations.

We wish Dr. Ratcliff continued success in his new endeavors, while we welcome and thank Dr. Lunn for helping the college during this time of transition.