Interim President Geraldine M. Jones
Geraldine M. Jones was named acting president of California University of Pennsylvania on May 16, 2012.
Following a recommendation from the California University Council of Trustees, the PASSHE Board of Governors named her interim president on March 20, 2013.
Ms. Jones graduated from California State College in 1972 and earned her master’s degree at California in 1980.
She began her career in education as a second-grade teacher in the Albert Gallatin School District, in Uniontown, Pa.
She returned to California in 1974, serving as program director for Upward Bound for 20 years and as chair of the Department of Academic Development Services for 11 years. She was associate dean of the College of Education and Human Services for two years before serving as dean from 2000-2008.
In July 2008, she was named provost and vice president for academic affairs, positions she held until being appointed as acting University President.
A member of the Cal U Alumni Association board of directors, Jones has received numerous honors, including the Cal U Alumni Association's John R. Gregg Award for Loyalty and Service, the Black Alumni Association's Outstanding Service Award, and the Community Service Award given by the Minority Students Association at Penn State Fayette.
In 2010 Jones was one of 50 ‘Women of Excellence’ honored by the New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest and most prestigious black newspapers in the United States.
Jones is a lifelong member of Mt. Zion AME Church of Brownsville, Pa., where she has been the church pianist since age 14. She has been married to Jeffrey B. Jones for 38 years; they have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.
Read messages from Interim President Geraldine M. Jones:
February 6, 2014 - Winter Weather
- April 26, 2013 - Accreditation
- April 5, 2013 - Honors Convocation
- February 15, 2013 – 12 things I love about Cal U
- February 4, 2013 – Campus climate
- December 21, 2012 – Happy Holidays
- November 30, 2012 – Spirit of giving
- November 9, 2012 – Emergency notifications
- October 26, 2012 – Scholarship Recipient Dinner
- October 12, 2012 – Homecoming
- September 28, 2012 – Dr. Sugata Mitra returns
- September 14, 2012 – Higher Education Modernization Act
- August 31, 2012 – Students and families
- August 24, 2012 – New administrators
- August 17, 2012 – Cal U for Life
- August 10, 2012 – New website look
- August 3, 2012 – Our scholar-athletes
- July 20, 2012 – Campus housing
- July 13, 2012 – Student fees reduced
- July 9, 2012 – 2012-2013 tuition
- June 29, 2012 – Career Services
- June 21, 2012 – Three furloughs rescinded
- June 15, 2012 – Internships
- June 8, 2012 – Study abroad
- June 1, 2012 – Core mission: Education
- May 25, 2012 – Financial diligence
- May 18, 2012 – Moving forward
Congratulations to Carla Maestre on being selected as the female recipient of the 2013-14 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Sportsmanship Award.
Congratulations to Natalie Wideman on being named to the Capital One First-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Congratulations to Natalie Wideman and Alex Sagl on being named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American.
Congratulations to Shelby Lia and Natalie Wideman on earning Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention.
Men’s Track and Field
Congratulations to Aaron Dinzeo on being named a NCAA Division II Championship All-American, his fifth such designation in his career.
Women’s Track and Field
Congratulations to Julie Friend on being named a NCAA Division II Championship All-American.
Congratulations to Matt Peters and Mick Fennell on being a first-team American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings all-region selection.
Congratulations to Carla Maestre on being the first women’s golfer in league history to be named both Golfer and Freshman of the Year by the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as well as being named to the first-team.
Congratulations to Rachel Lim on being named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) first-team.
Congratulations to Marine Verchere and Cara Vanderham on being name to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) second-team.
Congratulations to Jordan Eck on being named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) first-team.
Congratulations to Chris Bushey on being named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) second-team.