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Jones takes new position, leaves legacy at ASU

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Updated: Monday, April 9, 2012 22:04


Glen Jones

As many students, faculty and staff have heard, Glen Jones, current executive vice chancellor and provost, will be leaving at the conclusion of this semester in order to take on a new position as the president of Henderson State University, located in Arkadelphia.  

After being offered the job in March, Jones jumped at the chance to return and serve his alma mater in what he feels is a worthwhile capacity.

“It’s just an outstanding opportunity to return to my alma mater and to serve as a student body president, which has been one of my goals for some time now," Jones said.  

"They had a national search going on and I have a few friends who just kind of called and asked if it was something I would be interested in and I looked at the position announcement, reflected on where we were, and after a lot of prayer, my wife and I thought it would be a good opportunity for us to consider.".

Jones will officially assume his new post on July 1.  A press conference was also held on March 6 to announce his appointment, with an announcement article that can be viewed at

Jones said what he would like to accomplish as the Henderson State president is just to continue to be a good leader.

“I think the first thing that I hope to accomplish is just to continue leading the university, that right now is over 22 years old, but my hope is just to lead the university in a manner that allows us to continue to offer first-class educational opportunities for the students we serve.”

While sure of his future intentions, Jones is not certain what type of legacy he will leave behind as he departs a 14-year career, the last ten years of which are consecutive, here at A-State.

“I really have no idea what my legacy will be.  I think it’s for others to determine what your legacy would be, not you, so I don’t know.  I just hope people will remember me as someone who worked very, very hard and was very passionate about the job that I did, but more importantly, about the relationships I’ve been able to develop with people over the past 10 years.”

While he is unsure of what will become of his vacated position, Jones feels that, whatever the decision, ASU will be left in good hands.

“I’m not sure what they’re going to do, but between Dr. Howard and Dr. Cooksey, there’s a great team in place in Academic Affairs that can more than handle themselves in getting things together and continuing to advance things.”

On the subject of personal achievements at A-State, Jones mentioned his work in diversity, the Honors College, research, shared governance and the “overall academic vitality of the university.  Those are just things I look back on and I’m just particularly pleased to have been a part of them.”

He also stressed that these were all team efforts and that he could not take sole credit for all of the success in these ventures.

Lastly, Jones was asked about any final goals or challenges he would like to accomplish here before he leaves to his new employment.

“Well my goal here is to finish strong.  I started strong, I want to finish strong, and that’s to make sure I’m working hard and I’m serving both the campus and the people on it in the best manner possible, right up until the time that I leave,” he said.

“I’m going to miss the people.  We’ve (his family) developed a lot of good relationships here on the campus and in the community and we have some very special people here at ASU.  Some very talented administrators, and faculty members, who are making an incredible difference in the lives of our students each and every day, and I’m going to miss the students as well, since I’ve got to be a part of so many student’s development and see them graduate, though there are others that I won’t get to see.”

The feeling Jones described was bittersweet, as he and his family leave a place that has been great to them to take on something new. He went on to thank those who have impacted him at ASU.

“We’re sad to leave, but at the same time, we’re excited to start this new chapter in our lives.  I’d like to thank the Board of Trustees for their incredible support over the past 10 years.  I’ve learned a lot from them, and being a part of ASU has clearly made me a better person and I’m thankful for that.”

Jones will be moving with his wife, Sharon and their two children, Camille and Cameron.

Dan Howard, executive vice chancellor and provost, who has worked closely with Jones since his arrival in January 2008, offered his thoughts and reactions to the departure of his friend and colleague.

“Dr. Jones actually led the search that resulted in my selection as then, vice chancellor for academic affairs and research, and it has been my good opportunity and fortune to have been able to work with him since the first day I arrived here.  I’ve worked very closely on a daily basis with him since that time, and he has done an excellent job on the jobs that have been assigned to him.  He has worked very diligently to raise the profile of the university in the dimension of research,” he said.

He also mentioned some of Jones’s accomplishments in terms of research, recruiting diverse employees, as well as his overseeing of the ASU library and museum.  He noted that Jones has the largest portfolio of all ASU vice chancellors and the around 65 percent of the budget reports to him.

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