New associate provost named

New associate  provost named

Rebecca Dunphy, Staff writer

On Nov. 14, Mercyhurst announced that Clint Jones, Ph.D., would be taking on the position of associate provost for Associate Degree and Certificate Programs.

In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing curriculum, managing budgets and supporting faculty of the one- and two-year programs. He will also be taking on the responsibilities of associate vice president for Academic Affairs David Hyland, Ph.D., who will be returning to a full-time teaching position.

Jones is taking on this position with a strong background in chemistry, education, and most recently, business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, graduating with highest honors from Georgia Tech, as well as a doctorate in analytical chemistry.

His postdoctoral work focused on the development of a method to create artificial cells, leading him to a job as a Senior Scientist at Science Applications International Corporation. He served in this position for one year before joining the Mercyhurst faculty, where he has spent his past 12 years.

During his time at the university, Jones has been a highly recognized educator, receiving the coveted Teaching Excellence Award even before earning tenure in 2012. Since then, he became the chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, where he elevated the program’s curriculum, create the capstone research experience, and acquired more up-to-date equipment. These changes have certainly been influential, evident as the department earned national degree accreditation from the American Chemistry Society in 2016.

The following year, Jones earned a certificate from Harvard Business school. Motivated by his interest in the business of higher education, he studied topics such business analytics, economics for managers and financial accounting for managers.

This extensive background equipped Jones with a diverse set of skills to implement in this new position.