Statements on President Jones Departure

“The University at Albany has flourished under President Jones’ leadership, carrying out a strategic plan that has increased access, completion, and success for the University’s students while also lifting up the work and research of its talented faculty and staff,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “President Jones’ commitment to university-community engagement serves as a model for all of public higher education. During his time with SUNY, he has broadened affiliations with schools and businesses throughout the Capital Region, expanded the University’s reach into downtown Albany, and helped to convene The Albany Promise, a leading cradle-to-career network. We are grateful to President Jones for what promises to be a lasting impact on SUNY and wish him all the best in Illinois.”

"President Jones has led the University at Albany with the highest level of distinction," said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall. "He has been a champion of increased access for students through one of SUNY's strongest Education Opportunity Programs; supported our continued commitment to economic impact and workforce development; and ensured a campus culture that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. On behalf of the SUNY Board, I thank President Jones for his excellent leadership of the University at Albany and wish him well in his next endeavor."

“Albany Law School wishes University at Albany President Robert Jones the best in his new position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. President Jones has been a great friend, both personally and to the law school, and a great leader for the University at Albany. We look forward to working with the new leadership at UAlbany as our affiliation continues to strengthen both institutions,” said Alicia Ouellette, President & Dean, Albany Law School.

“Through Dr. Jones’ commitment and leadership, the University at Albany has embraced their role as an anchor institution for the City and Region,” said Sarah Reginelli, President of Capitalize Albany Corporation. “In addition to the number of outward-facing projects the University has undertaken, Dr. Jones has dedicated his time and energy to the Capitalize Albany Corporation Board in order to establish meaningful University involvement on local economic development activity. We wish him the best of luck as he takes on his new role, and are certain his legacy of inclusion, collaboration and investment in the community will have lasting impact here in Albany. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the University on local economic development and community revitalization initiatives,” said Sarah M. Reginelli, President, Capitalize Albany Corporation.