Joseph Jones, Ph.D., president of Fresno Pacific University, was selected to the Executive Board of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) October 17, 2019.

Other presidents added to the committee during AICCU’s annual membership meeting in Sacramento, CA, were Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., University of San Francisco; Mary B. Marcy, Dominican University of California; Michele Nealon, Chicago School of Professional Psychology; and G. Gabrielle Starr, Pomona College.

“These are highly regarded leaders in higher education, who will bring significant experience to the AICCU,” said Executive Committee Chair and Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “These new members also bring a deep commitment to higher education and a keen understanding of issues around college access, affordability, and success.”

Jones came to FPU after serving as vice rector of a Christian university in Pakistan. His prior 20-plus years in higher education included service as provost at North Park University, Chicago, and dean of education and social sciences at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Before becoming a professor, Jones served in justice systems in New York, Oklahoma and Virginia. Jones has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. His work in higher education includes building university/community partnerships with the aim to empower students, faculty and staff to “Engage the Cultures and Serve the Cities.

As the association’s governing board, the AICCU Executive Committee oversees its agenda on higher education policy, encourages support for association priorities and initiatives and supervises operations. The committee is made up of 18 presidents of member institutions, and senior administrative leaders.

Comprising more than 80 independent, nonprofit colleges and universities, the AICCU is the leading association of California’s independent colleges and universities. It is at the center of state policy concerning legislation affecting member institutions, regularly convening representatives from member institutions to respond with a single voice on vital issues affecting institutions, provide leadership on key higher education issues and influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.

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Wayne Steffen
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