From Augusta State to the state capital, Joyce Jones, vice president for student services and dean of students, has been named the University System of Georgia’s vice chancellor for student affairs, effective August 15, 2012.
The position is an upgrade from the former position of associate vice chancellor and was recommended by campus student leaders. Supported by Chancellor Hank Huckaby, the new position gives greater authority to the vice chancellor in dealing with student issues and policies of the University System.
The head of Student Affairs has the primary responsibility for general oversight of a wide range of student services provided throughout the USG. The Office provides direct support for five major areas of student administration: Enrollment Services, Student Services, Student Life, Student Information, and Special Projects. The VCSA also works collaboratively with the System-wide Student Advisory Council (SAC), and a number of Regents Advisory Committees related to students.
Jones was named to her new post by USG Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Houston Davis. “We are so excited to have Dr. Jones join our team,” Davis said. “Her wealth of experience in student affairs and services combined with her strong relationships with our system campuses will enable her to advance the work of this critical area.”
Jones and the Student Affairs department report to Davis as part of the USG’s Academic Affairs division. Among other duties, she will be involved with the System’s work to increase college completion rates under the Complete College Georgia initiative.
Since 2005, Jones has served as dean of students at Augusta State. She assumed the role of vice president for student services. At ASU, she has supervised several offices including financial aid, student activities, testing and disability services, the counseling center, the career center, international student programs, code of conduct, judicial and disciplinary boards, residence life, and the first-year experience.
She came to Augusta State from The Carter Center of Emory University in Atlanta, where she held the position of director of educational programs from 1995 to 1998. Prior to Emory, Jones was assistant vice president for student affairs at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., from 1993 to 1995.
Jones received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. She is originally from Terrell, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, Texas.