RICHARD JONES, JR.
Executive Dean of Accreditation and Quality Assurance
A tenured full professor, Dean Richard Jones Jr. has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration. He currently serves as Executive Dean for the Office of Accreditation and Quality Assurance. As Executive Dean, he is responsible for establishing, implementing and monitoring all activities related to accreditation, cyclical internal and external review processes. He is also responsible for leading school and departmental teams in the preparation of self studies and for maintaining and providing an extensive archive of reports, data, proposals, self-studies, and other related materials that support the assessment activities within schools, departments and units. To this end, he has developed policies, procedures and mechanisms designed to enhance the quality and institutional effectiveness of the academic and administrative areas of the College.
Dean Jones chaired the College’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self Study Team and has oversight for the implementation of MSCHE Self-Study recommendations. In addition to chairing the College’s Middle States Self Study Team, and co-chairing the Middle States Periodic Review Report, Dean Jones was the principal author of the College’s response to the New York State Department of Education query on Remediation in 2003. He also chaired the President’s First and Second Year Task Force which produced a significant study on the retention and persistence of the College’s students and which developed recommendations that led to the establishment of the Student Advocacy Support Services Center and Learning Communities.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Dean, Jones served as Dean of Institutional Advancement and Development. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the areas of Public Affairs, Development, Alumni Relations, College Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Government & Community Relations, Sponsored Research, and The Center for Black Literature. Dean Jones’ previous appointments at the College include Dean of Instructional Support Services, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Dean for Enrollment Management.
Dean Jones also served at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY as Dean of Freshman Studies; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Freshman Studies; Associate Dean of Student Affairs; Director of Special Programs; and Coordinator of Counseling prior to joining Medgar Evers. He was responsible for an array of retention initiatives developed to provide freshmen, upper-division, and non-traditional students with cognitive and affective experiences that foster academic achievement and overall academic success. Dean Jones is well known for the freshman and "post-freshman" programs developed in CUNY which were among the largest of their kind in the U.S., serving over twenty thousand students over a ten-year period. Recognized as a national model, the programs' recruitment, retention, academic performance and graduation outcomes were outstanding.
In higher education, Dean Jones is well known as one who has high expectations and is deeply committed to students. He has been extensively involved in the creation and development of programs which take a holistic approach to teaching and learning and offer didactic and experiential learning experiences that address students' cognitive and affective needs. He is particularly known for encouraging educators to utilize curricula that depart from educational stereotyping and that focus on academic achievement and excellence.
Dean Jones' involvement in university, public and community service has been extensive. He has presented at numerous conferences and served as a consultant in the areas of accreditation and strategic planning as well as in areas that enhance student performance, student retention and program development. He has also served as principal investigator on numerous grants, and he serves as a consultant or resource to public, private and community institutions. Jones has received an array of awards including the Sloan Public Service Award from the Fund of the City of New York; The City University of New York Chancellor's Award for Grantsmanship; the New York City Council Proclamation as "Outstanding Educator"; the New York State Black and Puerto Rican Caucus' Educator Award; The Toussaint Institute Fund's "Educator of the Decade Award;" the New York Newsday Profile; the Manhattan Borough President's Proclamation "Richard Jones Jr. Day"; and numerous other awards from students, faculty and community groups for his contributions and accomplishments. His past and present board involvement includes the Vannguard Urban Improvement Association of Brooklyn, New York; the Brunswick School of Greenwich Connecticut; Harlem's Chama Child Development Center: the former Malcolm-King College in Harlem, New York; The National Black Parents Organization and Science Skills Center; and the Lower Eastside Street Academy of New York.
Dean Jones holds a M.S.W., specializing in Social Policy and Administration and Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and English from Hamline University, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, and Minnesota.