Jones serves as Trinity University’s chief academic officer. She oversees all academic programs, the development and mentoring of faculty and professional staff, academic affairs budget preparation, Coates Library, the Office of the Registrar, TU Press, athletics, and implementation of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan as well as the Pathways curriculum. Additionally, she serves on the president’s executive staff in the role of second to the president.
Jones is passionate about the value of the liberal arts and sciences and shares in Trinity’s aspiration to be a model for twenty-first century education. She draws on an extensive, more than 29-year career in academia as an administrator and professor. Before coming to Trinity in 2016, Jones served as Provost at Drake University (2012-2015) and Dean & Professor of Education at Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services (2005-2012). She also served in a number of academic and administrative roles at the University of Kentucky that included Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity. Jones is an alumna of the Senior Leadership Seminar of the Virginia Women Administrators in Higher Education and the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is presently an affiliated professor in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.
Jones speaks extensively at the national and international level and has published articles in scholarly journals as well as books related to her research interests in equity pedagogy for literacy instruction, inclusive excellence, teacher education and multicultural education, and leadership development in higher education. She is married to Mr. Stephen Jones; they have two adult daughters as well as three grandsons.
Ph.D., Texas A&M, College Station
M.Ed., Texas A&M, College Station
B.S., Texas Woman's University
Honors & Awards
Senior Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association
Texas Woman's University Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award
American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow (2002-2003)
Outstanding Alumni Award, Texas A&M University, College of Education Development