Dr. Raymond W. Cox III

Dr. Raymond W. Cox III

Title: Professor
Dept/Program: Public Administration and Urban Studies; Fellow, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
Office: Olin 223B, CAS 422B
Phone: (330) 972-8891
Email: rcox@uakron.edu
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Raymond W. Cox III is a Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron.  He received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech.  Dr. Cox is the author of more than sixty academic and professional publications (including four books), a dozen reports for government agencies, as well as nearly sixty professional papers. His articles have appeared in the leading journals in the field of public management, including Public Administration Review, Public Administration Quarterly, Public Integrity, the International Journal of Public Administration, State and Local Government Review and the American Review of Public Administration.  He has served on the editorial boards of three professional journals.   In April 2006 his service to the profession was recognized with the prestigious Donald C. Stone Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  In March 2007 he began a two-year term as the Chair of ASPA’s Section on Ethics.  In April 2010 he began a two-year term as Chair of ASPA’s Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management.  He is also the Chair of the Local Government Management Education Committee of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Dr. Cox has developed training programs on a variety of management topics. He has most often offered such training in strategic management, in performance appraisals and evaluation, and in public sector ethics.  He has served as a consultant to municipal, county, state and federal government agencies as well as to the government of Latvia.  He has performed management audits for agencies as well as facilitated the development of strategic plans for governments and not-for-profit organizations. Training projects have included sessions on communications and interpersonal relations, parliamentary procedure, ethics strategic management and labor relations.  A sample of recent grant projects include: revisions to a Position Classification and pay program; development of a pay for performance salary structure; review and revisions to code enforcement practices; revisions to city civil service code; develop a strategic management plan for both a federal prison and for a municipality; and a management audit for a various county departments.  Because of this combination of professional and academic experience he was approved for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.  His first assignment was to develop a performance measurement training program for mid-level managers in the government of Latvia.  Later he created a career development training program for that government.  In 2007 he was selected as Research Chair in Public Policy at McGill University under the Fulbright Program.  He served in Montreal during the fall 2007.

During a career that has spanned considerably more than three decades Dr. Cox has had three stints in the public service, first as a legislative analyst (Speaker’s Office, Massachusetts House of Representatives), as a Program Manager/Director for the National Science Foundation and as the Chief of Staff to a Lieutenant Governor (New Mexico).   In addition to more than five years as a grants manager for the federal government (distributing some $7,500,000 in competitive awards to state governments) Dr. Cox has been the recipient of a variety of grants and contracts ranging in size from a few thousand dollars to over one million dollars (U.S. Air Force).  He served for four years on the Community Development Council of the State of New Mexico, allocating some $45,000,000 in CDBG funds annually.  He has worked as a consultant to local governments writing grants for a variety of state and federal programs include to the US Department of Justice, US HUD, the Florida Department of Natural Resources, the Florida Department of Parks and Recreation, and city and county governments in Minnesota, Arizona, Florida and Ohio.

Research Accomplishments


  • Organization Theory
  • Ethics and Management
  • Discretionary Judgment 

Recent Projects

2007—Study of the attitudes on ethics of US City Managers

2007—two papers on ethics for conferences

2007—Revisions for second edition of textbook (under review)

2007 –Study of police ethics

2006-2007—Study of mayoral leadership styles for chapter in book (Jossey-Bass)

2006—Study of state ethics commissions for chapter in book to be published in Turkey

2006—Study of the Ohio Liquor Control Board organizational structure for chapter in book on Alcoholism and Youth (LSU Press)

2006—Study of discretionary judgment and tacit knowledge for a journal article


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


  • Doctoral Colloquium
  • Ethics in Government
  • Seminar in Public Administration
  • Masters Colloquium
  • Governance and Administration