After losing both her parents by the age of 20, Vicki Cox Golder had the responsibility of raising her three sisters aged 9, 11, and 13. She moved her family back to Tucson where there were more opportunities for them all, and knew she wanted to live in the Amphitheater School District to give her sisters the best public education possible.
Ms. Cox Golder is the owner of Vicki L. Cox & Associates, a real estate company that has been in business over 40 years. She served as a member of the Amphitheater School Board for nine years between 1987 to 1996 while her two sons attended Amphitheater schools. Now that two of her grandchildren are attending Amphitheater schools, she desired to serve once again on the Governing Board. Her accomplishments on behalf of the school district were many - before, during, and after her initial service on the Board.
Before serving on the Board, Ms. Cox Golder was responsible for having the first Titan II Defense Missile located across the highway from Coronado Elementary School removed. After viewing a 60 Minutes segment one evening that showed how dangerous the changing of the fuel on a Titan II site was, she began the movement to have that site removed. As a result of her actions, that site was the first to be removed, and 17 other sites near metropolitan areas across the country were also removed.
As a Realtor, Ms. Cox Golder has been instrumental in finding property for several school sites in the District including the Rio Vista Elementary site and Canyon del Oro Alternative School site. She also secured the donation from a developer of the Painted Sky Elementary School site, as well as the site that is the District’s first STEM school, Innovation Academy.
Ms. Cox Golder chaired the group that founded the Amphitheater School Foundation and continued to chair the Foundation until she was appointed to the School Board in 1987. She was the first lay member on the Amphitheater Extensions Program before the format of that Board was changed by the Governing Board and was a part of the Board that developed the popular PAL After School Program.
Because of legislation each year that greatly impacted every district in Pima County, Ms. Cox Golder, along with Brenda Even who was TUSD President at the time, helped formed the Pima County School Board/Superintendent Collaborative. The Collaborative had a strong voice at the legislature for issues such as saving Career Ladder and other important programs and increasing funding to public education.
Ms. Cox Golder has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind for many years and saw her son compete in the World Finals competition in 1991. She continues to serve on the Board of Odyssey of the Mind and as Problem Captain and Head Judge at the regional and state competitions. Ms. Cox Golder is the only person from Arizona to have served as a Head Judge and Assistant Problem Captain at World Finals competitions.
She has also served as a leader of many other organizations such as: the Vice Chair of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, by appointment of the Governor to the Real Estate Advisory Board for six years, President of the Tucson and Arizona Association of REALTORS®, the 5th woman to serve as President of the National Association of REALTORS®, in leadership of NAR as a member of the Executive Committee until 2019, as Chairman in an elected position on the Golder Ranch Fire District Board for over 27 years, by appointment of the Governor to serve a 6-year term on the Judicial Conduct Commission, and was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve on the Foster Care Review Board.
Ms. Cox Golder is honored to continue serving Amphitheater students, parents, and teachers as a member of the Governing Board.
Ms. Vicki Cox Golder
Governing Board Member
Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board
701 W. Wetmore Road
Tucson, AZ 85705
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Vicki Cox Golder
Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board