Troy University mourns the death of Dr. Cozetta Shannon

Posted: Wednesday, 01 July 2015

MONTGOMERY - Members of the Troy University family are mourning the death of a faculty member at the University's Montgomery Campus.

Dr. Cozetta D. Shannon, assistant professor and program coordinator in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training on the Montgomery Campus, died on Friday in Dallas, Texas. She was 35.

Dr. Shannon was returning from Beijing, China, where she had been one of 12 scholars to take part in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' first-ever China Studies Institute.

"This is a sad day for Troy University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "It is always tragic when we lose someone so young with so much promise. Dr. Shannon was the model faculty member as she was outstanding in the classroom with her students and she embraced the global perspective that we expect from our faculty leaders at TROY. Dr. Shannon served as a Chancellor's Fellow just last year and we were counting on her to be a member of our team for years to come. We send our sympathies to her family and ask the members of the TROY family to keep the Shannons in their thoughts and prayers."

Dr. Shannon had been a member of the TROY faculty since 2009. She held a bachelor's degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., a master's degree from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counselor education from Michigan State University.

Dr. Shannon was a Troy University Chancellor's Fellow in 2014.