Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today confirmed the appointment of Dr.
Linda E. Jones as Unit Head / Associate Vice President for Statutory Affairs at
the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
The appointment of the
associate vice president for statutory affairs is made by the president of Alfred University, subject to confirmation by the SUNY Board.
Dr. Jones’ appointment is
effective July 1, 2010.
In this capacity, Dr. Jones
serves as the SUNY representative at, and the chief administrative officer of
the College. Dr. Jones will succeed Dr. William LaCourse, who has held this
position in an interim capacity since March 2006.
”With her stellar academic
background in materials science and her past faculty and leadership roles at
the College of Ceramics, Dr. Jones has precisely the qualifications we were
seeking for this important post,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “I
commend President Edmondson and the Board for seeing this appointment through
and enthusiastically welcome Dr. Jones back to SUNY.”
“Dr. Jones’ knowledge of and
previous experience at the state College of Ceramics and Alfred University will serve us well,” Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “Her success and accomplishments
at Smith College in managing the only accredited engineering program for women
in the country are most impressive. President Edmondson and the search
committee are to be commended for attracting Dr. Jones back to SUNY and the College of Ceramics.”
“All of us are delighted to
be able to bring Dr. Jones back to Alfred University,” said Alfred University
President Charles M. Edmondson. “I am confident in her ability to lead the New
York State College of Ceramics to even greater national recognition in a
partnership between Alfred University and SUNY. Certainly, her knowledge of Alfred University and SUNY, coupled with the excellent administrative experience she gained in
leading the Smith program to national prominence in just six years’ time, bode
well for the future of the College of Ceramics.”
Dr. Jones said, “I am
grateful to have the opportunity to return to the College of Ceramics at Alfred
University, where I spent 14 years working with many of the same administrators
and faculty that are there today, individuals for whom I have great respect and
admiration. I am especially pleased to be returning to the SUNY system now,
while the new strategic plan is about to be implemented.”
“This is indeed a very
exciting time for SUNY and I am looking forward to being a part of it. I thank
Chancellor Zimpher, President Edmondson and members of the Board for granting
me this opportunity.”
A search committee, chaired
by President Charles Edmondson of Alfred University, and comprised of
representatives of Alfred University, SUNY, the Governor’s Office, and the community,
conducted a national search that attracted strong candidates. Dr. Jones was
the unanimous choice of the search committee.
Linda E. Jones
Since 2005, Dr.
Jones has been serving as the Hewlett Professor and Chair of Engineering, and
Director of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College. The Picker
Engineering Program, begun in 1999, emphasizes rigorous coursework across
engineering subjects in a liberal arts context. Dr. Jones’ role as director of
the Picker Engineering Program is to oversee and manage the sustainable growth
of the nation’s first and only accredited engineering program at a women’s
college. During her tenure as Director, Smith College completed the
construction of a new 140,000 square foot building for Engineering and
Molecular Sciences. Dr. Jones was involved in the fundraising for the building
and the engineering equipment, as well as development of the building design.
In addition to bringing an unranked program to a national ranking of 17th
as reported by “U.S. News and World Report,” she oversaw the establishment of a
new engineering degree – B.A. in Engineering Arts. In her position as chair of
the Materials Science and Engineering Program, Dr. Jones coordinated the
program’s accreditation, a process that the Picker Engineering Program also
Prior to Smith
College, from 1991 - 2005, Dr. Jones served as a faculty member at the New York
State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where she rose from Assistant
Professor in Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science to Professor and Chair
of the Materials Science and Engineering Program. While at the College of Ceramics, Dr. Jones served as president of Alfred University’s Faculty Senate and a
member of the University’s Strategic Planning Council.
Dr. Jones has
received numerous teaching honors and awards including the State University of
New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999); and the SUNY
Research Foundation McMahon Teaching Award (1998, 2001, 2003) at the College of Ceramics for excellence in research and scholarship.
Dr. Jones earned
her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Mary Washington College and received her M.S.
and Ph.D degrees in Fuel Science, Material Science and Engineering from The
Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Jones has
numerous publications and has given over 100 national and international
presentations. She is involved with many professional affiliations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the
American Ceramic Society, and the Picker Institute at Colgate University as well as on the Executive Committee of the American Carbon Society. She is a
member of the Chaired Professorship Committee at Smith College, and the Deans
Advisory Board at Cal Poly – San Louis Obispo.
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Dr. Jones will receive an
annual State salary of $190,000, of which $150,000 will come from the State University, and $40,000 from the annual allocation made directly to the College of Ceramics by the New York State Legislature.