Fast Facts on President Jones



Personal Facts:

  • Became the 19th president of the University at Albany in January 2013
  • Last day is September 23, 2016
  • Came to UAlbany after 34 years at the University of Minnesota, where he served in senior administrative and faculty positions at the University of Minnesota System and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • 65 years old
  • Married to Lynn Hassan Jones, M.D., with five children and two grandchildren

University at Albany Fast Facts:

  • Established in 1844
  • Enrollment: 13,000 undergraduate and 4,300 graduate students from across the United States and 96 countries
  • 120+ undergraduate majors; 125 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs
  • 1,200+ faculty
  • 170,250+ living alumni across every state and more than 115 countries




  • Increased the size of the faculty
  • Examined and addressed the challenging issues of adjunct pay and graduate student stipends
  • Expanded our support for faculty research, scholarship and creative activities
  • Student Experience
  • Enhanced the student experience, both inside and outside the classroom          
  • Created new research and experiential learning opportunities for students
  • Increased our commitment and services to assure that all of our students have:
    • High-impact learning experiences such as applied learning opportunities and internships
    • Opportunities to hone their entrepreneurial skills to launch their own businesses.
    • Opportunities for students to engage in campus life and enjoy the arts, cultural and athletic events

International Relations

  • Built new ties internationally and expanded our global reach
  • Attracted one of the most diverse and talented student bodies in the SUNY system
  • Supported our international students through programs and services

Major Newsmakers

  • A $10 million NIH endowment to address minority health disparities      
  • A $23 million contract to build the New York State Mesonet, the most advanced weather detection system in the nation
  • Donations of more than $52 million, including the two largest gifts in university history: Tom & Mary Casey Stadium and the Massry Center for Business
  • Two college launches and new program approvals