Henderson State University will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Glen Jones as the university’s 17th president with an investiture ceremony Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. in Arkansas Hall.
Investiture is defined as the “formal ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of high office,” and is often held early in a new president’s tenure. It is an ancient academic ceremony which has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. Today, universities view investitures as an opportunity to welcome a new era and celebrate as a community.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and delegates from universities throughout the state will join Henderson’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the university for the event, which is open to the public. A reception on the South Lawn will immediately follow the ceremony.
Jones, a native of Blytheville, became president of Henderson on July 1, 2012, following the departure of Dr. Charles Welch. He has worked in a variety of higher education administrative roles, including interim executive vice chancellor and provost, senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and research and executive assistant to the chancellor. Before joining higher education administration, Jones was an assistant professor of accounting at Henderson, assistant professor of business law at Arkansas State University, and an estate planning and business planning consultant.
Jones earned his juris doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1995, and his master of laws in taxation from the University of Florida College of Law in 1996. He is chairman of the board of Southern Bancorp in Arkadelphia and serves on the Arkadelphia Alliance Board of Directors. He was appointed by the governor to the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority and currently serves as chairman. Jones is also past-president and current board member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, and is a member of the research committee of the Arkansas Research Alliance. He also serves on the board of Economics Arkansas. He also serves on the Council on Postsecondary Education and Career Readiness.
As Arkansas's public liberal arts university, Henderson State University offers its 3,600 students an education based on a comprehensive core of courses in the arts and sciences. Henderson is proud to be the only school in Arkansas that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, which identifies and supports high quality public liberal arts and sciences institutions.
Since Jones arrived on campus, Henderson has experienced a number of facility upgrade projects totaling more than $7 million. The Garrison Student Activities Center is undergoing dramatic changes, including the recent opening of Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A restaurants and the renovation of the Reddie Bookstore. The hallways on both levels of the Garrison Center will be modernized with new flooring and paint, and the Day Gym will be transformed into a modern conference center.
Page 2 of 2 - In academics, Henderson is now offering new bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and engineering physics, along with a new online master’s degree in education technology leadership. New degree tracks in statistics (mathematics) and biochemistry are also available.
Jones is married to Sharon Jones, a licensed professional counselor. He has a daughter, Camille, 12, and a son, Cameron, eight, who are both students at Arkadelphia Public Schools.