Founding President, Sofia University
Executive Core Faculty Member

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1967
B.A. in Psychology, Reed College, 1961


Robert Frager is the founding president of Sofia University. He is currently a professor. He is a spiritual guide, transpersonal psychologist and Aikido teacher.

Robert is ordained as a sheikh, or spiritual guide, in the Sufi spiritual tradition and has been directing the spiritual guidance program at Sofia since 1998. He trained in Aikido in Japan, where he was a personal student of the founder of Aikido, and he holds a 7th degree black belt—the highest honor awarded to a westerner. He has taught Aikido since 1968 and has founded Aikido dojos at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz and Sofia.

Robert has written several books on Sufism and Islam, and his personality textbook Personality and Personal Growth, written with Jim Fadiman, is now in its seventh edition. He has also edited Sharing Sacred Stories, a collection of writings on spiritual guidance.