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President Geraldine M. Jones

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Geraldine M. Jones was named president of California University of Pennsylvania on April 7, 2016, when the Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education approved her appointment by a unanimous vote.

Prior to her appointment, she had led the University for nearly four years, first as acting president and then as interim president.

She was named acting president on May 16, 2012, and following a recommendation by the California University Council of Trustees, the 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. She was the 2016 recipient of the ATHENA Award, presented by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

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 40 years; they have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.

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