A new face in the administration

Dr. V. Dale Jones

On July 1, Dr. V. Dale Jones will assume the position of vice president for strategy, administration, and Board affairs. This follows the retirement of Dr. Paul Baker, vice president for administration and college relations. Dale Jones holds a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an M.B.A. from Wright State University, an M.A. in public policy from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.

Presently, Dr. Jones is an associate professor of public administration and the chair of the Master of Public Administration program at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as the director of the University's National Homeland Security Project. He is the author of the book Downsizing the Federal Government: The Management of Public Sector Workforce Reductions and is a contributing author of another recently-published book entitled The Future of Public Administration, Public Management, and Public Service around the World, in addition to numerous book chapters and professional journal articles. He is also a member of the national Board of Directors for the Homeland Security and Defense Education Consortium Association.

As vice president for strategy, administration, and board affairs, Dr. Jones will coordinate ongoing strategic planning for the College, supervise the offices of college events, public relations, and the Atkinson Museum, and serve as the chief administrative liaison for operations of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Dr. Jones will serve as the interim director of external affairs for the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

Dr. Jones is assuming responsibility of many areas that have been under Dr. Paul Baker's direction. Dr. Baker has been studying theology at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and plans to enter the Methodist ministry. He has been at Hampden-Sydney since 1983 and worked as director of student aid and records, associate dean for academic administration, executive assistant to the president, and vice president for administration and college relations. He was also acting dean of students during the 2003-04 academic year. For his outstanding service to the College, he was awarded the Keating Medallion in 2002.