Dr. Mary Jones to Assume Role of Provost at MNU

Feb. 18, 2013
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MidAmerica Nazarene University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Mary Jones as MNU provost and chief academic officer. Dr. Jones is currently provost and chief academic officer at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, where she previously served as a member of the business faculty. Dr. Jones also served as deputy vice-chancellor at Africa Nazarene University, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The appointment marks a return to MNU where Dr. Jones served for several years as a member of the business faculty and director of Graduate Studies in Management. Prior to her career in higher education she was vice president and marketing director at First Federal Savings and Loan in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emporia State University, an MBA from Rockhurst University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is recognized as an innovative and highly capable leader in higher education. During her tenure at SNU she led the institution through the accreditation process and provided effective leadership of traditional and non-traditional marketing and enrollment processes. Her business background provides a strong foundation for the advancement of both academic programs and operational aspects of the university.

Dr. Jones will provide leadership at MNU for the academic governance of the colleges and schools, university faculty and the administration and leadership of the traditional and non-traditional marketing, recruitment, admissions and student support systems.

Dr. Jones met with the President's Cabinet, a representative group of faculty and staff, and the deans of the university’s schools and college in a recent visit to campus. Their response to her vision and passion for Nazarene higher education was positive and enthusiastic. Dr. Jones has a heart for the Lord and for MidAmerica Nazarene University.

University President Dr. David Spittal stated, “I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Jones to our leadership team. She has a wealth of experience and is highly respected for her commitment to academic excellence and effective teaching and learning. She will be a great asset to MNU as we build an innovative strategy for the future.”

Dr. Jones will be introduced to the university campus in March and will officially begin her duties July 1, 2013.