Dr. J. Laurel Jones Named President of Mission College
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Ruth Carlson, WVMCCD Director of Public and Governmental Affairs, Wednesday May 19th, 2010,

The Board of Trustees of the West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD) is pleased to announce that Dr. J. Laurel Jones has been appointed President of Mission College in Santa Clara. She will start August 2, replacing President Harriett Robles, who is retiring.

Currently Dr. Jones is Vice President of Academic Services at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA where she oversees all academic programs and services, distance education and staff development. She successfully led Las Positas through its recent 2009 accreditation process where the college was reaffirmed.

"The District is very fortunate that Dr. Jones will be serving in the important position of Mission College President," says Robert T. Owens, President, WVMCCD Board of Trustees. "During her three decades of experience within California community colleges she has demonstrated a passion for student access, student retention and providing professional development for faculty and staff."

In 1989, her full-time educational career began by teaching English courses as part of the Developmental Educational Program at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA. In 2001, Dr. Jones became Dean of Instruction at Mt. San Jacinto College, in southern CA. She moved to Northern California in 2005, to become Vice President of Academic Affairs at Solano College.

After earning a BA in English from Taylor University, Indiana, she received an MA in English from California State University at Fullerton, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of LaVerne. She is also a recent graduate of the Advanced Future Leaderís Institute offered through the American Association of Community Colleges.

Mission College, located in Santa Clara, is part of the West Valley-Mission Community College District, which enrolls over 20,000 students each semester in transfer and vocational classes. Dr. Lori Gaskin is president of Missionís sister college, West Valley in Saratoga, CA and John E. Hendrickson is the District Chancellor.


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