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Robert Jones named dean at West Virginia University

West Virgina Metro News
May 20, 2010
West Virginia University President James Clements continues to fill vacancies as Dr. Robert Jones was named Wednesday as the new Dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU's largest college.

"Dr. Jones brings an impressive academic and research record as well as long history of service to the leadership of WVU's largest college," Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michele Wheatly said Wednesday in announcing the appointment.

Jones comes to WVU from Virginia Tech where he is the head of the Department of Biological Sciences. He will replace Mary Ellen Mazey who left WVU last year to become provost and vice president of academic affairs at Auburn University.

"His background at land-grant institutions, and his commitment to their role in higher education, make him a perfect choice as this University moves forward," she said.

"The Eberly College has positive momentum and an exciting diversity of opportunities for learning and discovery. I look forward to working with the college’s excellent staff and students. My wife Jeri and I are thrilled to become members of the WVU family," said Jones, who will also be a tenured professor in biology.

He will begin his new assignment August 31. His salary was not released during the announcement of his hiring.

At Virginia Tech, Jones leads more than 100 faculty and staff members. The department has 90 graduate students and 1,600 undergraduate students who will pursue careers in research, medicine, biotechnology, conservation, and environmental science.

Jones earned a bachelor's of science degree in forest management in 1979 and a master’s degree in 1981 from Clemson University. In 1986 he received a doctorate in forest ecology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
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