President Paul Jones


Paul A. Jones, Ph.D. was appointed to serve as the 10th president of Fort Valley State University in December 2015. His higher education career spans more than three decades in Colorado, Maryland, Utah, and Georgia.

Before joining FVSU, Dr. Jones served two years as interim president at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. Prior to his interim presidential appointment, he served in numerous senior leadership roles at Georgia College & State University, including senior vice president for finance and administration, vice president and chief of staff, vice president for institutional research and enrollment management, and several interim roles including interim vice president of academic affairs and president. President Jones was also a Professor of Educational Administration at Georgia College.

In 2007-08, President Jones served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of West Florida.

Dr. Jones is also a member of several boards to include: The Medical Center of Peach County Board of Directors, Navicent Health Board of Directors, Fort Valley State University Foundation, Middle Georgia Goodwill Industries Education Committee, Museum of Aviation Foundation Board of Governors, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities 1890 President’s Council, and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Executive Board.

Dr. Jones and his wife Sylvia were named 2012 Alumni of the Year at Utah State University. A native of Los Angeles, California, Jones earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Utah State University, and he also holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University.

Dr. and Mrs. Jones have two adult children, Isaiah and Daphne.