Academic Dean (Clifford) and Communications Faculty (Miriam)
Dr. Clifford Maddox came to Cedarville in 1956 to serve as the academic dean after retiring from his teaching career in Harvey, Illinois. He brought the credibility of years of public education experience and an earned doctorate in education from the University of Chicago to the administrative team. In the eight years he worked at Cedarville, he took the early steps to build academic credibility and pursue accreditation for the college, laying the foundation for others who completed that task in 1975. Dr. Maddox died unexpectedly in 1965 while attending a conference in New Jersey.
Miriam Maddox moved to Cedarville with her husband Clifford Maddox in 1956. With degrees from John Fletcher College in Iowa in 1928 and Moody Bible Institute in 1931, as well as graduate study at Columbia University and Northwestern University, she had most recently been executive director of the Girl Scouts in Waukegan, Illinois. She was appointed to teach speech at Cedarville in 1959. In addition, she eventually taught interpretive reading, acting, voice and diction, and play production. For 14 years, she directed most of the campus plays, and for 17 years, she planned Cedarville’s commencement ceremonies. She retired in 1974, having forged a legacy with her influence on campus culture and on the individual lives of students.