Dr. Jones to Assume New Post

Urbana, Ohio (April 1, 2013) - Dr. J. Steven Polsley, chair of the Urbana University Board of Trustees, announced today that Dr. Stephen B. Jones accepted a new position as president of Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Dr. Jones served as president of Urbana University since July 1, 2008 and resigned his position effective April 1, 2013 to allow for a prompt and orderly transition to new leadership.   

During his five-year tenure, Dr. Jones was instrumental in launching new academic programs and securing new partnerships for the University. The Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration, and the certificate in Sustainability Management have expanded the academic offerings and helped to increase enrollment. His tenure also saw Urbana University elevate its status in intercollegiate athletics, now competing in NCAA Division II, and implement numerous environmental sustainability projects on campus.

“The Board of Trustees appreciates the progress and growth of Urbana University during Dr. Jones’ tenure as president,” said Dr. J. Steven Polsley. “His passion for Urbana’s mission of providing a career-oriented, liberal arts education in a small, rural campus setting has given us a strong foundation to build upon.”

The University, one of the first in the nation to offer programs for adult learners, increased its online presence with the launch of four programs, primarily site-based hybrid degrees, at its Dayton-Kettering location this spring. 

Dr. Polsley commented that: “The Board is proud of our dedicated faculty and staff who are the heart and soul of the University. We have been providing quality education to students, many of whom are first-generation college graduates, for 163 years. The University is poised to reach out across the state to adult learners through creative new course design. With remote learning centers and the expansion into online learning environments we are prepared to meet the needs of the 21st century students.”

Dr. Kirk Peterson, senior vice president of academic affairs will serve as interim president during a period in which Urbana University will conduct a national presidential search. Dr. Peterson, by training and experience, is very well equipped to serve Urbana University as the interim president. Dr. Polsley expressed that, “with a strong record of professional leadership in higher education, the Board is confident in Dr. Peterson’s ability to lead the University and we are pleased he has accepted the challenge of this leadership role.”

During his career in higher education, Dr. Peterson has served as faculty member, department chair, college dean, and associate provost. At Urbana University, he served for the last three years as senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. Dr. Peterson earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and two master of science degrees and a PhD from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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