Personal: 1855-1936, born at Hollins.
Education: Full Graduate, Hollins Institute, 1874. Awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Roanoke College in 1926.
Previous Employment: Taught mathematics, secretary to the superintendent, registrar, and librarian at Hollins.
After Hollins: Retired from Hollins, maintained her home on campus, in Eastnor.
- Charles Lewis Cocke originally chose Charles Henry, her brother as successor but due to his sons' premature death, Martha L. Cocke was selected as the new head of Hollins.
- Affectionately known as “Miss Matty,” her birthday continues to be celebrated each year with cake and a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
- Miss Matty was the first woman college president in Virginia.
Cocke, Martha Louise, "Martha Louise "Miss Matty" Cocke" (1901). Hollins University Presidents. 2.
College and University Presidents
Events that took place during tenure