Deneese Jones, seasoned scholar and administrator, will serve as Trinity's chief academic officer
by Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75
Deneese L. Jones, Ph.D., immediate past provost at Drake University, has been appointed Trinity University's vice president for Academic Affairs effective June 30, 2016. Jones will serve as the University's chief academic officer and will oversee all academic programs, the development and mentoring of faculty, and implementation of the University's strategic plan Trinity Tomorrow and the Pathways curriculum.
Jones was appointed by Trinity President Danny Anderson following a national search. "Deneese is passionate about the value of the liberal arts and sciences and shares in Trinity's aspiration to be a model for 21st century education. I believe she has the ability to collaboratively shape implementation of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan and build upon Trinity's excellence," Anderson said. The vice president for Academic Affairs also serves on the president's executive staff.
Jones brings to Trinity an extensive, 25-year career in academia as an administrator and professor. From 2012-15, she served as provost and professor of education at Drake University. Previously she was dean and professor of education at Longwood University's College of Education and Human Services from 2005-12. She also served in a number of academic and administrative roles at the University of Kentucky. She has published articles in scholarly journals as well as books related to her research interests in equity pedagogy in literacy instruction, teacher education and multicultural education, and leadership development.
She was the 2013 recipient of the Texas Woman's University Chancellor's Alumni Excellence Award where she was honored for her distinguished career in higher education. She was also chosen for the highly selective American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow program, which she spent at the University of Kansas. In addition, she 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.
A native Texan, Jones received her bachelor of science from Texas Woman's University and her master's and doctorate from Texas A&M University, College Station.
Sharon Jones Schweitzer '75 is assistant vice president for External Relations. You can follow her @sjschweitzer.