January 10, 2017

Dr. V. Dale Jones, Vice President for Strategy, Administration, and Board Affairs at Hampden-Sydney College, has been appointed chancellor and chief academic officer of Penn State Wilkes-Barre, a commonwealth campus of the Pennsylvania State University, effective January 16, 2017.

"It has been an honor to serve Hampden-Sydney College," Dr. Jones said. "Our students, their parents, and our faculty, staff, alumni, Board of Trustees, and campus friends make this a truly special community. It is not easy to leave. Hampden-Sydney College has accomplished much in recent years and throughout its distinguished history, and I am confident the College's best years are still to come. President Larry Stimpert is setting the College on a great course for success."   

Dr. Jones has served as Hampden-Sydney's Vice President for Strategy, Administration, and Board Affairs since 2011. In this capacity he has been an integral part of the College's senior leadership team, coordinating strategic planning efforts and overseeing a variety of administrative offices and functions.   

"The Hampden-Sydney community is grateful to Dale for his contributions to the College, and we congratulate him as he undertakes this wonderful opportunity," said Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of Hampden-Sydney College. "Dale's steady hand and thoughtful approach to problem solving have helped guide the College through the planning and execution of many strategic efforts, and he has been an essential part of Hampden-Sydney's mission 'to form good men and good citizens.' I have no doubt that Dale's character, discipline, and wide breadth of experience will serve Penn State Wilkes-Barre extremely well, and we wish him the best."   

Dr. Jones came to Hampden-Sydney from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was a tenured associate professor of public administration, the chair of the Master of Public Administration program, and director of the University's National Homeland Security Initiative. In addition to prior roles at Syracuse University, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and the Air Force Academy, Dr. Jones served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, completing a distinguished career with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.   

"My experiences at Hampden-Sydney College have prepared me for my role at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and I am excited to join the Pennsylvania State University community," Dr. Jones added. "The campus celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016, and it will be a privilege to work closely with campus leaders, students, and the local community to accomplish our student-centered mission and achieve our vision to be a premier educational institution of choice in our region. At the same time, I am deeply thankful for the many opportunities I had with Hampden-Sydney faculty and staff colleagues to give our terrific students high-quality educational experiences."   

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