Stephen B. Jones began serving as Fairmont State University’s interim president on July 1, 2017, as the university searches for someone to permanently fill the position.
Jones has a Ph.D. with a specialization in resources management from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York Syracuse, and a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the same institution.
Fairmont State University is the fourth school Jones has led during his career, a list that also includes Antioch University New England, Urbana University, and University of Alaska Fairbanks
His faculty experience includes tenured faculty roles at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Science; North Carolina State University in the College Of Natural Resources; Auburn University in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; and Pennsylvania State University in the School of Forest Resources.
Jones founded the Nature Based Leadership Institute at Antioch University New England in 2015 while serving as that institution’s president. He has authored two books on the subject – Nature Based Leadership: Lessons for Living, Learning, Serving and Leading and as well as the recently released Nature-Inspired Learning and Leading: Revealing and Applying Nature’s Wisdom.
Jones and his wife of 45 years, Judy, reside permanently in the Tennessee Valley region of northern Alabama. He also serves the CEO of Great Blue Heron, a consulting company.
Jones is a native of nearby Cumberland, Maryland.
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