New dean of graduate studies named
Ray S. Jones has been named associate dean of The Citadel’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies.
Jones will oversee the evening undergraduate and graduate program, which has grown from five graduate programs to 25 programs serving more than 1,100 students. Professional development programs for Lowcountry teachers serve more than 3,000.
Jones has been acting associate dean since July 2004. He replaces Pat Ezell who retired in May 2004 after 23 years with CGPS. Jones also teachers graduate management and organizational psychology. He also has taught at George Washington University and the College of Charleston.
“Over many years I have learned that what can be accomplished has the most value when it is accomplished working with others for others,” Jones said. “CGPS is true team of people striving to make a difference in education, and I'm privileged to be a part of that effort.”
Jones received his doctorate in human resource development from George Washington University, a masters in psychology from Georgia State University, and bachelor’s of science in psychology from Murray State University.
He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, and the American Psychological Association. His research interests are the systems effects of work and education on adult psychological development.
Jones retired in 1995 after more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, where he served in Special Forces, Infantry, Training, and Project Management assignments. He also served as a strategic management consultant for an Army command and as a special assistant in the Reagan White House. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Expeditionary Service Award, Master Parachutist, Presidential Service Badge, and Infantry Cord. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University South East Region in 2002.
CGPS, now in its 36th year, provides advanced educational opportunities to thousands of Lowcountry residents in the fields of business, education, counseling and technology. The Citadel also offers the only campus-based nationally accredited MBA program in the Lowcountry and has nationally accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in education, psychology, business, engineering and more. All classes are held in the evening.