Antioch recruits Urbana University head
Dr. Stephen B. Jones has been named as the next president of Antioch University New England. Jones will succeed Dr. David Caruso, who is retiring after seven years as president. For the past five years, Jones served as president of Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. In this role, he has provided leadership and vision in the areas of enrollment, sustainability, strategic planning, and community and business partnerships. Jones will begin at AUNE on July 1.
“AUNE is like no other university on the planet — a pre-eminent university for educating visionary, pragmatic leaders for a changing world. It’s an institution embedded in the venerable Antioch University system — one powerfully integrated university. And it’s a university that melds theory and practice, emphasizing our individual and collective obligation to seek a better tomorrow through social, economic, and environmental justice,” said Jones. “AUNE’s core programs address critical issues affecting today and tomorrow. Importantly, I have devoted my professional and personal research, education, and passion to sustainability and environmental science.”
Prior to his presidency at Urbana University, Jones served as chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 2004 to 2008. He was vice chancellor for extension and engagement at North Carolina State University from 2001 to 2004 and director of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University from 1997 to 2001. During his academic career, he also served as director of the Northeast Petroleum-Forest Resources Cooperative at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, was an associate professor at Pennsylvania State University and later the assistant director of its School of Forest Resources. Jones has written extensively on forestry and sustainability for various publications and has direct applied experience in the field through more than a decade of work in the paper manufacturing industry.
“As a current president who led an effort to turn around a small university and enhance its vitality and entrepreneurial spirit, he brings decades of experience in institutional and academic leadership, financial management, and community engagement to AUNE. His passion for seeing education positively impact individuals and society is completely in line with Antioch University’s mission and we’re very happy that he will now be part of Antioch University’s community,” said Felice Nudelman, chancellor of Antioch University.
Jones earned an AS in Forestry at Allegany Community College; a BS in Forestry and a PhD in Resources Management at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York Syracuse.