Dr. Paul Jones appointed interim president
Georgia College’s Dr. Paul Jones has been named interim president of Georgia College.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced the appointment Friday.
"I appreciate the chancellor’s confidence in appointing me as the interim president,” said Jones, vice president for administration and operations. “This is an exciting time in the history of Georgia College, and I am honored to serve during this important transitional period.”
USG announced Jones’ two-month interim appointment simultaneously with the appointment of Dr. Steve Dorman of University of Florida as Georgia College’s 11th president. He will assume his role as head of the university Sept. 1.
“During the next couple of months, our focus will be on moving the university forward,” Jones said, “and ensuring a smooth transition for our next president."
Jones joined Georgia College in September 2002 as associate vice president for Enrollment Services, serving in that position two years.
During his 10 years at the university, Jones has taken on more responsibilities. He served as vice president for Institutional Research and Enrollment Management from 2004 to 2008, as vice president and chief of staff from 2008 to 2010, and to his current position in 2010. He also holds the position of professor of educational administration.
Jones has held a number of interim positions while continuing his appointed position duties. He served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties; interim vice president for Business and Finance; interim registrar; interim director of Institutional Research; and interim assistant to the president.
During 2007 and 2008, Jones was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of West Florida.
Prior to his service at Georgia College, Jones held the position of dean of enrollment management at Mesa State College (Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, Colo.
Jones earned a doctorate of philosophy in education and human resource studies at Colorado State University. He earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a bachelor’s degree in speech communications at Utah State University.