November 10, 2015 –The Georgia Board of Regents named Dr. Paul Jones as the tenth president of Fort Valley State University during their Nov. 10 meeting. Jones served as interim president of Darton State College, a University System of Georgia state college.
Chancellor Hank Huckaby, who made the recommendation for Jones to be named president, believes that FVSU’s new president has a good leadership track record within the USG.
“We recognized Paul was a strong, emerging leader as chief budget officer at Georgia College and State University when we asked him to assume the role of interim president at Darton State College,” Huckaby said. “Paul’s success at Darton combined with his leadership capabilities have made it clear he is the ideal candidate to be appointed permanent president of Fort Valley State University.”
The chancellor says that he made his recommendation based on Jones’ background in finance.
“Paul has developed strong, trusted relationships across our university system,” Huckaby said. “Fort Valley State University and its long-term success is critically important to our university system. With his solid background in finance and fiscal affairs, combined with his proven experience as president within our system, Paul will work to quickly build a close, team relationship with Fort Valley State University faculty and staff.”
As interim president of Darton State College, Dr. Jones has focused on improving the administrative functions of the college by creating an enrollment management division, legal affairs and internal audit departments; restructuring academic divisions into three schools and resolving some audit, accreditation and fiscal challenges.
During Jones’ interim presidency at Darton State College, the campus expanded its online degree offerings by adding four new baccalaureate online degrees. Fort Valley State’s new president also established new articulation agreements with Albany State University, which allow Darton State College students to seamlessly earn a bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Jones’ employment background includes serving as chief budget officer and interim president at Georgia College and State University. While at GCSU, he worked in several interim roles including as the institution’s president, assistant to the president, vice president of academic affairs. He also held the positions of vice president and chief of staff and vice president for institutional research and enrollment management. He also held a tenured faculty position at Georgia College as professor of educational administrator.
In 2007, Jones was named an American Council on Education Fellow, the nation’s premier higher education leadership program and served at the University of West Florida. He and his wife Sylvia were named 2012 Alumni of the Year at Utah State University.
Dr. Jones also served as a board member of the Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area and Washington County Archway Partnership Executive Committee, and a trustee on the Georgia College Foundation. He is also a member of the Milledgeville Rotary.
Dr. Jones holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Utah State University.
Jones and his wife, Sylvia, have two children, Isaiah and Daphne.
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