Rock Jones, Hendrix College's executive vice president and dean of advancement, has been selected as the 16th president of Ohio Wesleyan University, a nationally recognized undergraduate liberal arts college based in Delaware, Ohio.
A Hendrix alumnus, Jones has been in his current position since 2001 and led the college's fundraising arm through significant financial growth during the past six years, including the development of a $100 million capital campaign. Hendrix has already raised more than $70 million of the goal, which has funded a new $23 million Wellness and Athletics Center and seeks to fully fund the college's engaged-learning Odyssey program, along with other significant advancements at the college. Additionally, Hendrix's endowment fund has nearly doubled during Jones's tenure as executive vice president.
Jones previously served as vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid (1996-2001), interim vice president for student affairs (1998-99) and chaplain (1995) at Hendrix.
"It is not surprising to me that Ohio Wesleyan has selected Rock as its next president," Hendrix President J. Timothy Cloyd said. "The kind of success that Hendrix has experienced recently attracts the attention of other colleges who are looking for strong leadership. When you build such an outstanding senior leadership team, you run the risk of losing them to an acclaimed position.
"Rock has been tremendously successful throughout his career and will be an asset in his new position," Cloyd concluded. "We will miss him here at Hendrix."
Ohio Wesleyan has approximately 1,850 students who come from 43 states and 45 countries. OWU has been recognized twice by the Templeton Foundation among "Colleges that Encourage Character Development" for both its community service and its spiritual development programs. Jones will replace Mark Huddleston, who served as OWU's president from 2004 until recently.
Jones received a Ph. D. in education administration from the University of Texas-Austin, a master of divinity magna cum laude from the Divinity School at Duke University, and a bachelor of arts with honors from Hendrix College, where he was the first recipient of the President's medal, now presented annually to that student who best exemplifies the highest ideals of the college. Criteria include excellence in scholarship, outstanding citizenship, and service to the community.
Jones and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Alissan, a junior at Hendrix College, Christopher, a senior at Conway High School, and Anna, a freshman at Conway High School.