We are pleased to have someone with senior academic and operational experience in higher education to assume this role of leadership in this critical time for the University and higher education in general.
On March 10 2020, Dr. Allan Cahoon was appointed Acting President of Sofia University.
Prior to Dr. Cahoon’s appointment as Acting President, he served as President and Vice-Chancellor of one of Canada’s most innovative, special purpose public universities: Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. He also previously served as the Vice-President (Research and International) at the University of Regina (Canada) and as Professor of Organization Behaviour and University and Faculty Administrator at the University of Calgary (Canada).
He currently serves as the Past President of the Inter-American Organization of Higher Education (IOHE) and Honorary President of Shanghai Lida University (China).
He holds a BA and MSc from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
He has been a visiting professor in the United States, Australia, Hungary, Mexico, China, and the Netherlands. He has maintained a distinguished academic and research career for over 45 years and will be teaching and supervising graduate students during his residency at the Palo Alto Campus of Sofia University.
Message from the President:
“Sofia education recognizes that learning is multi-faceted and ranges from social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and creative. We are grateful for your choice to learn with us at Sofia and tremendously appreciative for the time and effort that you have taken to arrive here. Good luck on your transformative journey.”
As Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Stuart J. Sigman is responsible for all the instructional and research programs across the University; he also serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the university’s regional accreditor, WSCUC. He has broad responsibility in areas such as academic policy development, compliance, and executive communications. He leads projects and initiatives with the support of the President, working in close collaboration with other senior leaders of the University and the Board of Trustees to ensure rigorous and engaging student learning experiences.
As Vice President Administration and CFO, Chris Nguyen is the senior administrative officer for Sofia University having authority over, all non-academic affairs including the financial, operational, business and investment interests of the University. He is also responsible for coordinating and managing the university’s operating and capital budgets and for safeguarding and optimizing return on the university’s assets. Chris is a member of the Cabinet and works collaboratively with other senior leaders to support the President and the Board of Trustees in advancing the mission of the University.