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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011
Dr. Ron Jones Named President of Memphis College of Art
Memphis, TN–Ron Jones, Ph.D., Dean of the College of The Arts of the University of South Florida has been selected to be the 12th president of Memphis College of Art, effective May 16, Robert Fogelman II, chair of the MCA board of trustees, announced today.
"After a year-long search, our presidential search committee recommended Dr. Jones to MCA's board, and they unanimously accepted the recommendation, Fogelman said. "His accomplishments as an administrator and as an educator, plus his passion, experience, enthusiasm, and leadership make Ron a perfect fit for MCA in this exciting moment in its 75 year history."
Jones earned a PhD in Aesthetics Education from the University of Maryland, his Master’s from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Art and English from Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Most significantly, Jones is at heart an educator "who holds the student and the growth of students through education as his top priority. He looks forward to working to challenge and motivate all members of MCA to assist these students realize their dreams."
"Art is a very special type of practice that requires feelings and thought, analysis and intuition, beliefs and courage; my role as President of MCA is to provide the support and encouragement needed to increase MCA's dynamic role in the Memphis community and nationwide."
Jones has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and was elected to the National Council for Policy Study in Art, a group of fifty leading art education scholars; and he has coordinated a National Art Education Association national convention. He served as President of the Florida Higher Education Network and is Past-President of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, serving now as Coordinator of National Advocacy for the arts in higher education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tampa Museum of Art, chairing their Collections Committee, and he has worked tirelessly for the arts in the Tampa Bay region and with the local arts agencies. Recently, Dr. Jones was invited to the White House to discuss the arts in higher education and was selected co-chair of the national arts education council of the American for the Arts.
Jones has published over twenty professional articles on aesthetics, art education, and criticism, written art reviews and contributed three book chapters, including Modern and Postmodern: Contemporary Pedagogy in the Visual Arts for the anthology, Art Education: Content and Practice in a Postmodern Era.
He has presented over twenty papers for the American Psychological Association, the National Art Education Association, the National Council for Policy Study in Art, the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and the Florida Higher Education Arts Network. His interests include the politics, philosophy, and psychological definitions of art, arts administration in higher education and contemporary art.
Jones succeeds Ken Strickland, who has served as Interim President since Jeff Nesin stepped down in June after leading the College since 1991.
The search committee was led by Murray Riss and Peter Formanek and assisted by the firm of Auerbach Associates.