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President Jones celebrates the labyrinth installation with the OWU community.

In 2018, Rock Jones, Ph.D., celebrates his 10th year as president of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Jones 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 president of the North Coast Athletic Conference; president of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Colleges Association; the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio; 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.

Nuggets from Articles & Speeches

September 5, 2017

Dear Campus Community,

As many of you know, President Trump has issued an executive order that in the coming months may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows young immigrants who came to the United States with their parents illegally to remain in the country as outlined in the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.

I am very disappointed by this action, which could harm hundreds of thousands of young people who are and will be making vital contributions to our economy and our civil society. While I know not everyone endorses the DACA program, it has received bipartisan support by leaders in government, industry, and academia.

I look forward to working with our leaders in Ohio and Washington to support and promote a legislative solution. To that end, I have joined with the other presidents of Ohio Five institutions, and we have sent a letter to Senator Brown and Senator Portman requesting that they act to protect DACA students. I share this letter to inform you of actions we are taking as a unified group. I also discussed the issue at length with Congressman Tiberi in my office last week.

Please note that if students have questions about DACA, they should contact Dwayne Todd, Vice President for Student Engagement and Success, at (740) 368-3135 or dktodd@owu.edu. Also, if you are contacted by an official for information about any student or any student records, please direct them to Dwayne. As I have shared previously, Ohio Wesleyan is firmly committed to maintaining student privacy and will do so to the extent permitted by law.

We are unshakeable in our commitment to helping all academically qualified students achieve the dream of a college education. To that end, we will do everything possible to advocate for a permanent legislative solution that extends the promises, opportunities, and benefits to our economy and society now provided by DACA.

Rock Jones
Ohio Wesleyan University



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