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Alabama educator selected for student affairs post

Noted educator named for student affairs, housing position.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [3/3/2011]

A University of Alabama administrative leader in both student affairs and housing has been named the new Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

David P. Jones, Alabama’s assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director for housing and residential communities, has been named to the key Minnesota State Mankato position following a national search. He will assume his new duties on June 27, according to Anne Blackhurst, acting vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, who announced Jones’ selection.

“Dr. Jones will bring a wealth of experience to his new role and will lead what is already an outstanding student affairs staff to an even higher level of achievement,” Blackhurst stated. “David will also provide valuable leadership for our enrollment management efforts, which are increasingly critical to the University's success.”

Jones brings an extensive career in student affairs, housing experience and teaching to his new role having earlier served at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University, the College of William and Mary and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. A graduate of the University of New York-Oswego, he earned his Master’s degree at Nebraska-Kearney and his Ph.D. at William and Mary In addition to his administrative duties at Alabama, he also is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education.

A Past-President of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers, representing housing professionals in ten southern states, Jones’ research interests include college student development, living-learning communities, job satisfaction, and retention. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College and University Student Housing and is a reviewer for the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

“It is a tremendous honor to be offered the opportunity to work with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Minnesota State University Mankato,” Jones said. “From my first minutes visiting the campus, I realized that it is a dynamic institution with a special focus on the student experience. The students, faculty, and staff that I met exuded a passion for helping students develop big ideas and apply them through real-world thinking. 

“This practical application of knowledge is one of the incredible values that I found in Mankato. Having the fortunate opportunity to be married to an alum, I cannot accurately convey the excitement that my family and I share about all of us becoming Mavericks.”

Jones’ wife Jennifer is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Alabama and a past resident assistant in Minnesota State Mankato’s Gage A Hall. They have a son, Cooper, 8, and daughter, Riley, 6.

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