Craig Cook, Ph.D.

Meet Craig

RiA Coach

Woodstock School Mussoorie India

A Personal Note from Craig

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you all in the realm of educational leadership, particularly in the Asian context, where I have spent over twenty years of my professional life. At the heart of who I am as an educator and person is the role of the "culture broker". My interests lie in understanding the role that culture plays within leadership and organizations, and bridging gaps that may arise due to cultural difference.


As a sociologist, I love to pursue alternative ways of viewing the world as a means to arrive at great explanatory power, with strategic ends in mind. My research interests have lead me to further understand the role of culture in sport, gender and the body.


As an organizational leader for much of my life, first as Superintendent of Faith Academy, a school of 700 K-12 students in Manila, Philippines, as Dean of the School of Education at Simpson University, and presently in my role as Principal of Woodstock School in India, I have a keen interest in training teachers and administrators to be culturally savvy in their work as educators.

About Craig

Craig has spent much of his professional life working cross-culturally in Southeast Asia, first in community development on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, and then in educational leadership in the Philippines, Indonesia and India. He met his wife, Jamie in Indonesia where she was teaching International Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan. Craig has three children, Candace, Cameron, and Derek who all were raised in the Philippines. Besides understanding cross-cultural leadership and education, Craig's research interests lie in understanding the Sociology of Gender and the Body in the context of Sport.

My Areas of Expertise:

  • Cross-Cultural Education

  • Leadership and Culture

  • Educational Organization Leadership

  • Trust building in Organizations

  • Sociology of Education

  • The Role of the Liberal Arts in Higher Education

  • Culture and Learning

My Credentials:

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Ateneo de Manila University

  • M.Div. in Theology and Intercultural Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

  • B.A. in Intercultural Studies, Biola University

  • Dean, School of Education, Simpson University, Redding, California

  • Past Deputy Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Past Department Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota

  • Past Board Vice-Chair of the Urban Cross-Cultural College Consortium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Past Superintendent of Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines

  • Over 20 years of work and leadership experience in education in Southeast Asia

Languages Spoken:


Available Locations:

  • ONLINE: Worldwide

  • IN-PERSON: Mussoorie, India region

How do I request Craig as my RiA Coach?


  1. Apply for membership to the RiA Community by clicking on the "Become a Member" button.

  2. Request Craig as your coach (during the application process).

  3. Once approved for membership, your first session will be arranged!

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