April 22, 2022
Tallahassee Community College’s Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Gerald Jones has been selected to serve on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). Jones was selected for his commitment to closing equity gaps.
“I’m humbled by this appointment to serve NCORE,” says Jones. “I see this as an opportunity to collaborate on the issues we face in higher education, as it relates to race, ethnicity, equity, and inclusion for all.”
In 2020, Jones was selected to the President’s Commission on Race and Equity, a committee developed by TCC President Jim Murdaugh, to create a learning environment where student success and completion for all students were front and centered. As a member of the council, Dr. Jones will lead the work of Student Affairs to ensure its competencies of equity minded student success strategies are embedded within the conference’s platform. More importantly, the appointment strengthens the engagement between community colleges and NCORE.
Dr. Jones has over 21 years of experience in the Florida College System, where he currently serves as Chair-elect for the Council of Student Affairs. Additionally, he has contributed to the field of academic research by expanding the literature on the challenges surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Most recently, Jones was appointed to serve on the Higher Education Advisory Committee for UCF’s Educational Leadership and Higher Education Program. He earned his doctoral degree in education, with a concentration in higher education leadership from the University of Central Florida in 2018. Also, he received both his master’s in public administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCF. Dr. Jones’ appointment will begin at NCORE 2022 until NCORE 2025.