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University of Minnesota Senior Vice President Robert J. Jones named president of the University at Albany, a campus of the State University of New York system

September 12, 2012

The University of Minnesota announced today that Robert J. Jones, senior vice president for academic administration, will assume the presidency of the University at Albany beginning Jan. 2, 2013. Jones has served in key administrative leadership roles at the U of M for more than 15 years, and before that was a professor of agronomy and plant genetics. 

Jones’ broad scope of responsibility at the U of M encompasses, among other areas, central academic administration, statewide and systemwide academic programs and resources, and university-wide public engagement and outreach programs, including Extension.  His portfolio includes the U of M’s four Greater Minnesota campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester), international programs, diversity and multicultural affairs, PreK-12 and other youth and family programs, urban initiatives, planning and institutional research, information technology, human resources, institutional strategic leadership and other university statewide initiatives.

Jones will become the 19th president of the University at Albany, a public research institution, part of the State University of New York, located in the state capital. Founded in 1844 and designated a university in 1962, UAlbany has more than 17,000 students.

“Robert has been an invaluable member of my senior leadership team and has assisted immensely with my own transition,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. “His contributions to the University of Minnesota during the past three decades have had a major impact on higher education across the state. He has strengthened engagement between the university and communities across Minnesota, from Extension to urban initiatives. In the area of global partnerships and education, his influence has been felt around the world.”

“I am excited about this new opportunity to lead and to have an impact as a university president, but after 34 years, it was an extraordinarily tough decision to leave the University of Minnesota,” said Jones.  “I started my career here as an assistant professor in 1978, and have had the privilege of serving this institution and the state in a wide variety of roles.  I look forward to continuing the many relationships I have forged inside the university and in communities across Minnesota.”

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