Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Mercyhurst University announced today that Clinton D. Jones, Ph.D., has been named Associate Provost for Associate Degree and Certificate Programs, effective Dec. 20, 2018. In the newly created position, he will oversee curriculum, manage budgets, foster innovation and support faculty of the university’s one- and two-year programs.
As part of his responsibilities, Jones will assume the academic duties of Dr. David Hyland, who has chosen to return to full-time teaching at Mercyhurst. Jones will maintain his office at Mercyhurst North East.
“I am confident that Dr. Jones will demonstrate an immediate commitment, inspiring faculty and staff in existing programs and launching new initiatives that enhance our dedication to academic excellence at all levels,” said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor.
A passionate educator, Jones has spent the past 12 years making his mark at the university. He received Mercyhurst’s coveted Teaching Excellence Award even before earning tenure in 2012. At that point, he became chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and began strengthening the department's curricula, which led to the creation of a capstone research experience for students. Working alongside faculty amid three academic calendar changes, implementing further curriculum revisions, and purchasing and updating capital equipment, he successfully led his department to earn national degree accreditation from the American Chemistry Society in 2016.
Through his experiences as department chair, Jones became intrigued with the business side of higher education and pursued this passion by earning a certificate from Harvard Business School in 2017. The 150-hour certificate program was comprised of courses in business analytics, economics for managers, and financial accounting for managers.
As a singer, songwriter and musician, not to mention a tea sommelier, photographer and chef, he manifests a strong creative bent.
“With his long-established success in the classroom, preparation in higher education administration, and penchant for creativity, not to mention his genuine likeability, we have every expectation that Dr. Jones’ academic leadership will deliver exceptional opportunities for our students,” said Provost Leanne Roberts, with whom Jones will work collaboratively as a member of the Provost’s Council.
Born in Atlanta, Jones earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with highest honors at Georgia Tech as well as his doctorate in analytical chemistry under the direction of Professor L. Andrew Lyon, with whom he conducted research on polymer nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are now used for targeted drug delivery, chemical sensing and cancer treatment. During his postdoctoral research at Penn State University, he helped develop a method for creating artificial cells, after which he spent approximately a year as a Senior Scientist at Science Applications International Corporation before joining the Mercyhurst faculty.
Jones and his wife, Amanda, who is a local veterinarian, enjoy traveling and caring for their cats, dogs, horses, fish and bird.