New York City – The State
University of New York Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Robert J. Jones as
the 19th president of the University at Albany, following a national
search that attracted candidates from leading research universities across the country.
Jones has served as senior vice president for Academic Administration at the
University of Minnesota System for the last eight years.
"As one of our elite
university centers and home to the globally renowned College of Nanoscale
Science and Engineering, UAlbany needs the steady, professional leadership Dr.
Jones has developed over his distinguished career," Governor Andrew M.
Cuomo said. "I want to congratulate him on his appointment to this
prestigious position within our State University system and thank George Philip
for his invaluable contributions, especially his work on UAlbany's forthcoming
NYSUNY 2020 plan. I look forward to working with Dr. Jones and Chancellor
Zimpher on continuing our strong efforts to position UAlbany as a premiere economic
driver and top academic institution."
“Dr. Jones brings more than
30 years of leadership experience in higher education to UAlbany, where his
appointment is certain to benefit the tens of thousands of students that attend
this fine institution every year,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “I thank
the search committee for their thorough evaluation and commend its members on
an outstanding recommendation.”
“As a member of the
leadership team at the University of Minnesota for the past eight years, Dr.
Jones comes to SUNY with intricate knowledge and critical experience as leader
within a system of higher education, something that will serve our own system
and our great state very well,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We are
also deeply grateful to George Philip for his impeccable service as president
of UAlbany during one of the campus’ most exciting eras of growth and
University at Albany is a world-class institution of higher education with an
innovative research portfolio that serves our nation's highest needs and
ensures that New York State is at the forefront of today's technological
advances," said Jones. "I thank Chancellor Zimpher and the Board
of Trustees for their confidence in my leadership and look forward to working
with Governor Cuomo, SUNY, and the faculty, staff, and students at
Jones’ appointment is
effective on January 2, 2013. As president, he will receive an annual State
salary of $385,000, with a supplement of $110,000 from the campus’ allocation
of research funds through the Research Foundation. He will also receive a
$60,000 housing allowance and have access to a campus vehicle.
Jones will succeed George M.
Philip as president of UAlbany. Philip served as Interim President of the
campus from November 2007 to June 2009, and as President since.
About Dr. Robert J. Jones
Dr. Robert J. Jones has
served as senior vice president for academic administration at the University
of Minnesota System since 2004. In this position, he was responsible for oversight
of a broad portfolio of programs and initiatives that provide core support for
academic programs across the University of Minnesota system. Prior, Dr. Jones
served more than 15 years in key administrative leadership positions at the
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, including vice president and executive
vice provost for faculty and academic programs, vice president for campus life
and vice provost for faculty and academic personnel, and interim vice president
for student development.
A native of Dawson, Georgia,
Dr. Jones has more than three decades of higher education leadership experience
as well as academic expertise spanning plant physiology and urban and
international development. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Fort
Valley State College, a Master of Science degree in crop physiology from the
University of Georgia, and a doctorate in crop physiology from the University
of Missouri, Columbia. After earning the Ph.D., he joined the University of
Minnesota faculty as a professor of agronomy and plant genetics. He is an
internationally recognized authority on plant physiology and has published
numerous scientific papers, manuscripts and abstracts. His research focuses on
the role of cytokinins in stabilizing grain yields of maize against
environmental stresses and global climate change. Over his career, he has
trained many students who have gone on to leading careers in higher education
Dr. Jones is a fellow of both
the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America. He
has been a visiting professor and featured speaker in North America, Europe,
Asia and Africa, and from 1984 to 1994 served as an academic and scientific
consultant for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s South African Education Program. In
2010, he was awarded a University of Minnesota endowed chair in urban and
international development; he was also named a recipient of the Michael P.
Malone International Leadership Award by the Association of Public and
Land-Grant Universities (APLU).
Dr. Jones holds a
gubernatorial appointment as a commissioner of the Midwestern Higher Education
Compact and serves on the boards of directors for the Midwest Universities
Consortium for International Activities, the Coalition of Urban Serving
Universities, and the Bush Foundation, among other leadership roles. He is also
a member of the Grammy award-winning Sounds of Blackness, a Twin Cities-based
Dr. Jones and his spouse,
Lynn Hassan Jones, M.D., have five children and two grandchildren.
About University at Albany
Educationally and culturally,
the University at Albany-SUNY puts
"The World Within Reach" for its more than 17,500 students. An
internationally recognized research university with 50 undergraduate majors and
125 graduate degree programs, UAlbany is a leader among all New York State
colleges and universities in such diverse fields as public policy,
nanotechnology and criminal justice. With a curriculum enhanced by 300
study-abroad opportunities, UAlbany launches great careers. Visit UAlbany's
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About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.