Penn State Schuylkill names new chan­cel­lor

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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.

PA­TRICK JONES Named PSU Schuylkill chan­cel­lor

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