Penn State Schuylkill names new chancellor
StAff rEPOrtS Patrick Jones, assistant vice president for academic affairs, online learning at Drexel University, has been named chancellor at Penn State Schuylkill, effective Jan. 4, according to a Penn State press release.
Jones succeeds Kelly Austin, who was named associate vice president for administration in the Office of the Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses in 2017. Darcy Medica, director of academic affairs and associate professor of biology at Penn State Schuylkill, served in the role in an interim capacity.
Jones, a Pennsylvania native, earned a doctorate in music education from Penn State. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education as an academic administrator, professor and band conductor. In addition to his academic career, Jones concurrently served for 30 years in the Army and Air Force, during which time he was commander of the 553rd Air Force Band and the chief of Air National Guard Bands, among other roles. In 2011, he retired from the Air National Guard as a colonel.
“We are delighted for Dr. Jones to be joining our Penn State Schuylkill community,” said Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor at Penn State. “He is an innovative and accomplished leader with years of experience in curricular and strategic planning, interdisciplinary collaboration and constituent relations. I am confident the wealth of experiences and expertise he brings — coupled with his vision for Penn State Schuylkill — will build on the campus’s long- standing history of excellence.”
As chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill, Jones will be responsible for the quality of academic programs in teaching, research and service; strategic planning; budgeting; philanthropy; staff development; outreach; and
community and alumni relations at the campus.
In his career in higher education, Jones has served in a variety of administrative roles, including assistant vice president for academic affairs, online learning at Drexel; director of veteran enrollment practice at Syracuse University; professor and director of the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse; dean of School of Arts at Utah Valley University; and chair of music education at Boston University.
“I am honored to be joining the impressive team at Penn State Schuylkill,” Jones said. “The dedication of the faculty, staff and advisory board members is evident, and students’ accomplishments are notable — being accepted into top graduate programs, conducting research on campus and abroad, and engaging in community service that improves people’s lives. I look forward to continuing to build on the university’s land- grant mission for the 21st century through providing high- quality education, advancing research that addresses press- ing problems, and positioning Penn State Schuylkill as a valued neighbor that serves the region through community engagement and economic development activities.”
In his career in the armed forces, Jones climbed the ranks to colonel while serving in avariety of capacities. He was awarded the U. S. Meritorious Service Medal and Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal.
Jones has held leadership positions in national and international scholarly societies and served as a member of editorial boards and external reviewer for scholarly publications and research grants. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester University, diploma of fine arts in conducting and wind literature from University of Calgary, master’s degree in conducting from George Mason University and doctor of philosophy in music education from Penn State. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music, Air National Guard Academy of Military Science, Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.