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A liberal education communicates what great minds have thought, great artists have created, great leaders have done. Also included is new knowledge; a liberal education communicates what is being acquired on the frontiers of contemporary inquiry and current advances of the human spirit.
Meet Rock Jones
Rock Jones, Ph.D., was inaugurated as Ohio Wesleyan’s 16th president in October 2008, and his energetic leadership has been helping to move the University forward ever since with innovative academic programs, new and rejuvenated campus facilities, and a strong sense of engagement with alumni and the community.
Jones holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas-Austin, a Master of Divinity magna cum laude from the Duke University Divinity School, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Hendrix College. Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan, he worked for Hendrix, serving in roles that included Executive Vice President and Dean of Advancement, Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, interim Vice President for Student Affairs, and Chaplain.
Locally, he serves on the boards of the Strand Theatre and the Delaware County Foundation, where he chairs the Investment Committee.
Jones also is the past president of the North Coast Athletic Conference, president of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church, and a member of both the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Board of Directors of Wesley Theological Seminary.
In recognition of his work to advance the quality of student life at Ohio Wesleyan, Jones received the 2014 “Outstanding Performance as a College or University President Award” from Region IV-East of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
OWU committed to serve first-generation & diverse students
"Nothing is more important to the preservation of the values of our democratic society than the commitment to make the dream of a college education available to all intellectually curious students and, perhaps most important, to those whose families have not had this experience in the past."
OWU education ignites the entrepreneurial spirit
The Forbes list is a powerful reminder that the best preparation for entrepreneurial accomplishment happens at places like Ohio Wesleyan. A liberal arts education prepares students to pursue their passions and to make a difference in the world, indeed, to change the world.
College athletics can enrich the academic experience
"This is what college athletics can be in the right environment — not for the few, but for the many; not to make money, but to build character; not to stand apart from academics, but to be integrated into the entire academic experience that prepares students to be tomorrow's leaders."