John D. Jones was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alabama A&M University. After a nationwide search that brought four finalists to campus, the university offered the job to one of its own. Dr. Jones has been serving as associate vice president and dean of graduate studies. Dr. Jones previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University, Lincoln University in Missouri, and Mississippi Valley State University.
Dr. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned a master’s degree in education research and evaluation and a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lisa Long was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. Most recently, she served as acting president at Talladega College in Alabama. Earlier, Long was chair of the department of social work, interim dean of social sciences and education, and in August 2013 she assumed the duties of provost and vice president of academic affairs.
Long is a graduate of Jacksonville State University in Alabama, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. She earned a master of social work degree from the University of Alabama and a juris doctorate at the Birmingham School of Law.