MNU appoints new provost
Monday, February 18, 2013
Olathe, Kansas
MidAmerica Nazarene University announced the appointment of Mary Jones as provost and chief academic officer this week.

Jones currently serves as provost and chief academic officer at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, where she previously served as a member of the business faculty. She also served as deputy vice-chancellor at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya.

The appointment marks a return to MNU for Jones, who served for several years as a member of the MNU business faculty and director of the school's Graduate Studies in Management program. Prior to her career in higher education, she was vice president and marketing director at First Federal Savings and Loan in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Emporia State University, a master's in business administration from Rockhurst University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is recognized as an innovative and highly capable leader in higher education. During her tenure at SNU, she led the institution through the accreditation process and provided effective leadership of traditional and non-traditional marketing and enrollment processes. Her business background provides a strong foundation for the advancement of both academic programs and operational aspects of the university.

She will provide leadership at MNU for the academic governance of the college and schools, university faculty, and the administration and leadership of the traditional and non-traditional marketing, recruitment, admissions, and student support systems.

Jones met with the President's Cabinet, a representative group of faculty and staff, and the deans of the university’s schools and college in a recent visit to campus. Their response to her vision and passion for Nazarene higher education was positive and enthusiastic.

Jones has a heart for the Lord and for MidAmerica Nazarene University.

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Jones to our leadership team," said MNU President David Spittal. "She has a wealth of experience and is highly respected for her commitment to academic excellence and effective teaching and learning. She will be a great asset to MNU as we build an innovative strategy for the future."

Jones will be introduced to the university campus in March and will officially begin her duties July 1.
--MidAmerica Nazarene University
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