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Posted on March 20, 2013

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors named Geraldine M. Jones interim president of California University of Pennsylvania.

She has served as the University’s acting president since May 16, 2012.

“I am honored and humbled by this vote of confidence,” said Interim President Jones. 

“California University is my alma mater, and it has been the focus of my professional life for 40 years. I am confident that a bright future lies ahead for this institution, and with the help of our faculty, students and staff, I will make every effort to keep Cal U moving forward.”

Jones previously served for nearly four years as Cal U’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

A 1972 graduate of then-California State College, Jones also earned her master’s degree from the school, 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.