Executive Management Series presents 'A Welcome to Dr. Dale Jones'

LEHMAN, Pa. — Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education will hold its Spring Executive Management Series begging at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

During the Executive Management Forum, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Dale Jones, Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s chancellor and chief academic officer, who joined the campus on Jan. 16. Jones will provide an overview of the current trends in higher education, and offer his first impressions and observations as a new resident of the Greater Wilkes-Barre area. The event will provide the opportunity to hear about new and exciting initiatives at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Prior to his appointment at Penn State, Jones served as vice president for strategy, administration, and board affairs at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia from 2011 to 2016. His responsibilities there included leading the college’s strategic planning process, serving as secretary of the board of trustees, and chairing the 35-member president’s council.

Previously, Jones was an associate professor of public administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, he chaired the master of public administration program, served as president of the College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Council, and was the director of the university’s National Homeland Security Initiative. Jones previously held faculty positions in public administration at Syracuse University, where he directed the Government Performance Project, a $4.8 million research project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts; the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he served as director of research for the Center for Homeland Security; and the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he served as deputy head of the Department of Political Science. Jones completed a 21-year career in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. His military career included service as a strategic analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, military social aide to President Ronald Reagan at the White House, flight test engineer, and research and development program manager.

Jones’ education includes a doctorate in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University; a master of arts in science, technology, and public policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University; a master of business administration from Wright State University; and a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was an Honor Graduate. He completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education Executive Leadership Academy; and American Association of State Colleges and Universities Millennium Leadership Initiative Program.

The cost to attend the event is $15 per person. Payment in full must accompany your registration. Email, fax or telephone registration must be accompanied by your credit card information. Five business days will be required to cancel a registration and not incur the registration fee. Substitution for registered participants will be accepted.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education brings all the resources of a world-class, Big Ten, research-oriented university right into the northeast corner of Pennsylvania. The campus strives to be the partner of choice by providing superior customer service, recognizing that our growth depends upon establishing and maintaining satisfied relationships. The campus serves individuals, companies, and organizations in Luzerne, Wyoming, Bradford, and Sullivan counties, offering quality programming to support the workforce development needs of companies and the professional and personal development needs of individuals.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Karen Gallia in the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Continuing Education office at [email protected] or 570-675-9253. Members of the media wishing to attend are asked to contact Rachel Olszewski, Strategic Communications, at 570-675-9269 or [email protected].