Dr. John Jones Appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

John JonesDr. John D. Jones was recently appointed as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at SC State University.  He is a resident and native of Kings Mountain, N.C.  He is married to the former Beverly Ann Oates of Kings Mountain.  


As associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Jones will report directly to the vice president for Academic Affairs and will be responsible for managing academic processes such as tenure and promotion, accreditation preparation, faculty recruitment, and annual assessment performance plans.  He will also provide leadership in the curriculum and application of new technologies to the teaching/learning process.  He will work closely with the director of University Computing and Information Technology, as well as with the executive director of Institutional Effectiveness and SACS Accreditation. 


Jones completed his undergraduate education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983. After working with the Department of Social Services in Mecklenburg County, he pursued and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in education research and evaluation and higher education leadership, respectively.  Specifically prepared in higher education administration, Dr. Jones has 13 years of higher education experience at the senior administrative level, seven of which are direct experiences in academic administration as an associate and assistant to the chief academic officer.  His other experiences in higher education administration include, but are not limited to, assessment of student learning and academic administrative operations, academic program assessment and development/implementation, and grantsmanship.


As a higher education administrator at four different Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jones is an expert on institutional accreditation and consults with colleges and universities across the southern region.   Most recently, he served as associate provost and accreditation liaison for Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. during the successful reaffirmation of their accreditation.  Dr. Jones is also a member of several professional organizations and associations of institutional research and accreditation. 


He is an advocate for quality education of disadvantaged students throughout the educational pipeline with a special interest in African-American baccalaureate degree completion.  After the completion of his dissertation, “Technology education in higher and postsecondary education: An analysis of its impact on baccalaureate completion,” Dr. Jones published several other articles in refereed publications.  


 “Dr. Jones will definitely be an asset to the Academic Affairs team that I am building,” says Dr. Blackwell.  “He has a broad understanding of current issues and future directions in higher education, especially at the interface of technology and the learning process, a wealth of experience and knowledge of SACS guidelines and policies, and has served as an academic officer at several public and private institutions of higher learning.  We are excited to have him to join the Bulldog family.”