Geoffrey Cox


Geoffrey Cox

Lecturer and Senior Associate Dean for Finance & Administration, Graduate School of Education


Geoff Cox is the senior associate dean for finance and administration, and a lecturer in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He has more than forty years of experience in higher education administration and leadership. Prior to returning to Stanford in 2016, he was president of Alliant International University. Previous positions also include president of Cardean University, one of the first efforts to establish a fully online university; vice provost for institutional planning at Stanford University; and associate provost and director of financial planning and budgets at the University of Chicago. He has served as a commissioner on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional higher education accrediting authority. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a BA from Knox College.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1987
  • BA in Philosophy, Knox College, 1977

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer and Senior Associate Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education, 2016–present
  • President, Alliant International University, 2004–15
  • President, Cardean University, UNext.Com, 2000–04
  • Vice Provost for Institutional Planning, Stanford University, 1992–2000
  • Associate Provost and Budget Director, University of Chicago, 1987–92

Awards and Honors

  • Fellowship, Fulbright-Nehru International Education Seminar, 2019

Stanford University Affiliations