Glendell Jones Jr. named Henderson's 17th president | News
ARKADELPHIA - Glendell Jones Jr. has been named Henderson State University's 17th president. Jones, who is interim vice chancellor and provost at Arkansas State University, will officially assume presidential duties at Henderson on July 1, 2012.
The announcement was made Tuesday, March 6, at a press conference on the Henderson campus.
"I am honored to have been selected as the next president of Henderson State University," Jones said. "Sharon (Jones' wife) and I are grateful for this opportunity and we want to thank the Board of Trustees for the confidence they have shown in us with this selection.
"I am looking forward to serving the faculty, staff, students and the Arkadelphia community over the coming years as we build upon the successes of the past to make Henderson an even greater university in the future," he said.
Jones, 42, succeeds Bobby Jones who has been serving as interim president since the departure of Dr. Charles Welch in 2011.
Tuesday's announcement followed a thorough search process led by a diverse committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and Board of Trustees member Johnny Hudson. The committee received 46 applications. Two finalists visited the Henderson campus in late February and early March and met with the Board of Trustees.
"I am pleased that our new president is an alumnus who has risen to the top of higher education administration in Arkansas," said William G. Wright, Board of Trustees chairman. "Henderson's motto is that we are the "School With a Heart.' Glendell Jones came to Henderson as a student athlete with a promise from his coach to his mother that he would be looked after if she allowed him to come. Now, Glendell, in the same way, desires to give back to another generation of students by promising their parents that their students will be well taken care of and given a great education at Henderson.
"The Board of Trustees believes that Glendell Jones is the right person at the right time to become president of Henderson State University," Wright said.
Jones has served as interim executive vice chancellor and provost at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro since July 1, 2010. He is responsible for leadership of all academic, research and diversity programs. Arkansas State is a public, regional master's institution with an enrollment of about 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university has approximately 1,400 employees, including 650 full-time and part-time faculty members who deliver 42 associate through doctoral degree programs in 170 fields of study.
Jones has also served as senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and research, executive assistant to the chancellor and associate professor of accounting.
Before joining Arkansas State administration, Jones was an assistant professor of accounting at Henderson, assistant professor of business law at Arkansas State, and an estate planning and business planning consultant.
He earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Henderson in 1992, his juris doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1995, and his master of laws in taxation from the University of Florida College of Law in 1996.
In his letter of application, Jones said, "As a firm believer in the principles of servant leadership, I understand the importance of preserving the public trust and facilitating the success of the faculty, staff and students I am honored to serve. Further, my commitment to servant leadership is reflected in my ability to articulate a shared vision, recruit the very best faculty and staff imaginable, empower those with whom I work to lead, and work tirelessly to secure public and private resources on their behalf.
"My collaborative, facilitative leadership style is deeply rooted in the appreciation and respect I have for each individual and the various contributions they make to the overall success of the university," he said. "As a result, I have a strong commitment to the ideals of shared governance as evidenced by my willingness to seek the input of others throughout the decision-making process on matters that will have a direct impact on them."
Jones, a Blytheville native, is a member of the governing board of St. Bernard's Healthcare in Jonesboro, the largest healthcare provider in that region. He also serves on the governing board of Southern Bancorp in Arkadelphia. Jones was appointed by the governor to the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, and was elected board secretary in 2010.
Jones is president of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and is a member of the research committee of the Arkansas Research Alliance. He also is on the board of directors for the City Youth Ministries Inc.
Jones and his wife Sharon have two children, Camille, 11, and Cameron, 6.
Henderson State University is Arkansas's public liberal arts university, offering its 3,700 students an education based on a comprehensive core of courses in the arts and sciences. Henderson is proud to be the only school in Arkansas that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which identifies and supports high quality public liberal arts and sciences institutions.
While the arts and sciences form the foundation for all academic programs at Henderson, the university has an excellent professional program reputation in the fields of teacher education, business administration, aviation, and nursing.
The academic program at Henderson is divided into three colleges. The Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences offers a comprehensive core of liberal arts courses, with majors in disciplines from fine arts and the social sciences to technology and the natural sciences. The School of Business offers the bachelor of business administration degree, and it also runs the program leading to the B.S. degree in aviation. Teachers College, Henderson receives national recognition for the quality of its mentor-teacher program for first-year teachers.
Henderson's campus continues to expand, and more students are choosing Henderson as their university of choice. On-campus enrollment has hit a 15-year high.
Henderson was founded on March 24, 1890, and was incorporated as Arkadelphia Methodist College. It was chartered as a four-year, coeducational baccalaureate liberal arts college. The college opened on Sept. 3, 1890, with 110 students and 10 faculty members.