April 18, 2022

Combs Announces Retirement of District Administrator, Bruce Cox

SAN TAN VALLEY, ARIZ. - After more than 40 years of dedicated service in public education, Bruce Cox, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the J.O. Combs Unified School District, has announced his retirement.


Cox began his career in public education in 1981 as a social studies teacher in the Casa Grande High School District, followed by a thirty year tenure in the Mesa Public School District where he served as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Associate Superintendent, prior to joining Combs in 2017.

Among his proudest accomplishments while serving the Combs community for the past five years are the rollout of learner centered culture through the District's #Forward initiative, the cost neutral re-organization of his department to improve effectiveness, and supporting the growth of the District's principals. In retirement, Cox plans to spend time at with his five grandchildren, play golf, and enjoy his property up north.

"The breadth of knowledge and experience that Bruce has brought to our District is truly unmatched," said Superintendent Dr. Greg Wyman. "His unwavering commitment to putting students first has been a guiding light in our work with #Forward, and his impact and contributions will continue to be felt by our Combs community for years to come. We are immensely grateful for his years of service and wish him the best in his much deserved retirement."

Upon the retirement of Cox, the J.O. Combs Unified School District Governing Board has unanimously approved Dr. Timothy Fountain as the new Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, effective July 1, 2022. A separate announcement regarding Fountain's selection will be released separately.

For more information about the J.O. Combs Unified School District, please visit or call (480) 987-5300.

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Kayla Fulmer, Director of Marketing & Community Relations
J.O. Combs Unified School District
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About J.O. Combs Unified School District
Located in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the J.O. Combs Unified School District is a community of learners collaborating to ensure maximum academic and social growth for all students. Combs utilizes research-based practices and strategies delivered by highly competent employees who are committed to excellence in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. Through five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, Combs proudly serves over 4,400 students annually, offering a comprehensive college and career ready educational environment.
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