Geoff Cox is Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, and a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education. He has more than 40 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; 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.

Current Role at Stanford

Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, Graduate School of Education
Program Director, MA/MBA program
Director, Stanford Learning Partners, an initiative of the Transforming Learning Accelerator

Honors & Awards

  • Fellowship, Fulbright-Nehru International Education Seminar (2019)

Education & Certifications

  • PhD, The University of Chicago, Philosophy (1987)
  • BA, Knox College, Philosophy (1977)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • President, Stanford Historical Society


    Stanford, CA

  • Trustee, Monterey College of Law


    Monterey CA

2023-24 Courses

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University


    Stanford, CA

  • President, Alliant International University (2004 - 2015)


    San Franciso, CA

  • President, Cardean University, UNext.Com (2000 - 2004)


    Deerfield, IL

  • Vice Provost for Institutional Planning, Stanford University (1992 - 2000)


    Stanford, CA

  • Associate Provost and Budget Director, University of Chicago (1987 - 1992)


    Chicago, IL

All Publications

  • Theorizing the Reslience of American Higher Education: How Colleges and Universities Adapt to New Social and Economic Conditions Cox, G. Routledge. 2019