Office of the Provost

Meet the Provost

Bradley CookEducation:
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Stanford University
Masters of Arts in Social Science of Education, Stanford University
Doctor of Philosophy, Middle East Studies, University of Oxford

Bradley J. Cook is the Provost and Executive Vice President at Southern Utah University (SUU) and Professor of History, and has advanced an ambitious academic agenda to establish SUU as a national leader in student-centric, highly engaged learning environments.  While at SUU he has focused on advancing student success, expanding academic offerings, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, and internationalizing the university.  Under his leadership, SUU has achieved record high student success, created over 25 new academic programs and centers, and elevated SUU’s academic reputation as one of the premier public regional universities in the intermountain region. 

Prior to his current position he served as President of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates.  Of his 25 years of administrative experience in higher education, eight were spent at Utah Valley State College (now Utah Valley University) as vice president of College Relations and later as vice president of Academic Affairs.

As a student, Cook completed with honors a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Stanford University, where he also started as a cornerback for Stanford’s football team. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow, he received a doctoral degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford in Great Britain.

He is also the author of the book, Classical Foundations of Islamic Educational Thought, published by Brigham Young University Press. He has special research interests in Islamic educational theory, comparative religion and international and comparative education. Dr. Cook is active in his academic field, chairing and presenting regularly at international conferences and symposia as well as maintaining a consistent research and publication agenda. His publications can be found in a variety of academic journals.

Dr. Cook's Peer Reviewed Journal Articles