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Chicago's Cox named to new vice provost post for institutional planning

STANFORD -- Geoffrey M. Cox, director of financial planning and budget and associate provost at the University of Chicago, has been appointed to the new position of vice provost for institutional planning at Stanford.

At Chicago, Cox directs a staff of 10 professionals who develop, administer and monitor the university's $700 million consolidated, operating and capital budgets. As associate provost, he assists in administration of academic policy issues and faculty affairs, and supervises the graduate financial aid office.

For the past two years, Cox also has been acting director of Chicago's office of continuing education, which serves more than 10,000 registrants in liberal arts, higher education, international studies, business and professions, and the summer quarter.

He also teaches part time in the undergraduate college.

President Gerhard Casper, who announced the appointment, said that Cox would bring to Stanford "his excellent grasp of the complexity of universities and his personal commitment to academic pursuits."

"I'm very pleased that he will join us at Stanford," Casper said.

Cox will report to both Casper and Provost Gerald Lieberman, working in conjunction with them and the deans on review and development of academic plans and policies.

The decision to leave Chicago, where he has worked for 15 years, has been "very difficult," Cox said. "But having worked with Gerhard Casper, I'm very eager to be part of his new administration," he said.

Cox earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1977 at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., then went on to the University of Chicago to obtain his master's degree the following year and his doctorate in 1987.

He served as a philosophy instructor at St. Xavier College in Chicago in 1981-82 and has been a lecturer in the University of Chicago's Humanities Collegiate Division since 1986.

At Chicago, he occasionally has taught "Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities" and "Human Being and Citizen." Both are among the courses that students can take to fulfill a graduation requirement somewhat akin to Stanford's Cultures, Ideas and Values distribution requirement.

Cox serves as a member of several senior policy-making committees at Chicago, including the president's council, the president's planning group, the university budget committee, the faculty/administrative planning group, the student planning committee and the campus planning and space allocation committee. He also is a member of a task force that is developing responses to the end of mandatory faculty retirement.

From 1984 to 1988, Cox was assistant to the vice president for business and finance, where he coordinated projects in the offices of comptroller, budget, internal audit, operations, safety and risk management, purchasing, bookstore, telecommunications, printing, and facilities planning and management.

He spent two years before that as Chicago's first full- time director of benefits. In that capacity, he developed new investment options in the faculty retirement plan and implemented the first update in staff retirement benefits in 15 years. He also participated in contract negotiations with several unions.

Cox and his wife, Stephanie Kalfayan, have a 4-year-old daughter, Taline, and are expecting another child around Oct. 1. Cox said he would assume his Stanford duties several weeks after the birth, probably around Nov. 1.

Kalfayan, who holds a doctorate in human development, is resigning her Chicago position as assistant to the dean of the college, Cox said. She will look for employment at Stanford.


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