Paul Cox, PhD

Paul Cox, PhD, currently serves Dean of Creative Arts at Cuyahoga Community College, where he oversees eight academic programs, an extensive arts preparatory academy and a performing arts series and Jazz Festival: Tri-C Presents and Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland. He previously taught at Oberlin College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western Reserve University, where he was a SAGES fellow and Director of the Case Percussion Group. From 2012-13 he served as Director of Sitka Fest, a summer-long arts and culture festival supported by an NEA "Our Town" Grant that featured a TEDx conference, theater, music and dance performances, exhibitions, lectures and classes for all ages in Sitka, Alaska. In 2011, he earned a Ph.D. from CWRU after completing his dissertation, Collaged Codes: John Cage’s Credo in US.” From 1996-2004, he served as the Assistant Curator of Music at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he was also the co-director of the internationally acclaimed Aki Festival of New Music (three-time winner of the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming). A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.), Cox was a fellow at Yale's Norfolk New Music Festival and completed additional studies at the Aspen Music School, the Royal College of Music (London) and Rice University.