Resource Center CEO Cece Cox

There’s no doubt Resource Center CEO Cece Cox does a lot for the Dallas-Fort Worth LGBT community. So it may come as no surprise being awarded for it.

Today the SMU Dedman School of Law announced Cox is the 2016 recipient of its Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service.

“Congratulations to Cece Cox for being named the 2016 distinguished alumna for public service. She is a great alum. We’re thrilled she’s being honored,” said Lynn Dempsey, spokesperson for the law school.

Cox, who graduated in 2004, said she was humbled and honored by the recognition.

“The law degree and legal education have been very helpful,” Cox said.

She credits mentors and friends like Rebecca Garza Greenan, who was the director of the school’s Public Interest Program and now serves as as assistant dean of students at UNT’s College of Law, associate professor of law and sponsor of the LGBT law student group Bill Bridge and senior associate dean for academic affairs and Richard E. Lee Endowed Professor of Law Elizabeth Thornburg.

Cox is also excited for another reason.

“My mom and dad are coming. I’m super excited,” she said.

Cox will receive the award on Feb. 4, 2016.