Dr. John D. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and brings a wealth of leadership to his role as Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. The majority of his administrative experience is at the senior administrative level ascertained from several different institutions of higher learning. With most of the experience in academic administration related to Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment and Research, he is keenly familiar with meeting accreditation standards, maintaining and demonstrating compliance as good practice and navigating the reaffirmation of regional accreditation process.
Dr. Jones began his career in higher education as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin in 1993. In 1996, he relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he joined Johnson C. Smith University as the Project Director for Student Support Services and as an Adjunct Professor for Psychology and Teacher Education. In 1998 at Johnson C. Smith, Jones was named the Director of Institutional Research/Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness/ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Accreditation Liaison.
In 2003, Jones was named Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs/Assessment and Accountability/ (SACSCOC) Accreditation Liaison at Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, Georgia) before relocating to Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina, to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Research. In 2007, he was named Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Enrollment Management/ (SACSCOC) Accreditation Liaison. He would hold a similar position at Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, Mississippi), before being named the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Serving as an Accreditation Liaison at three different member institutions of the SACSCOC and leading a successful reaffirmation process (most recently 2015), he is keenly aware of the need for institutions of higher education to maintain strong assessment programs to ensure strategic learning, thinking and acting within all divisions. He believes in employing strategies to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and a well-defined management process grounded in best practices to realize the benefits of sound planning. Most recently, Jones served as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Graduate Education at Keiser University in Florida and led the graduate school through a successful regional and several programmatic accreditation processes.
Jones holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Johnson C. Smith University; an M.S. in Education Research and Evaluation, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.