Robert J. Jones, Ph.D.

Robert J. Jones, PhD, President, University at AlbanyPresident, University at Albany,
State University of New York

Robert J. Jones became the 19th president of the University at Albany in January 2013. Dr. Jones is currently leading a comprehensive transformation effort to create UAlbany’s largest academic expansion in 50 years, with the goal of maximizing the university’s capacity as a driver of innovation, opportunity and economic vitality.

Under his leadership, UAlbany has stood up two new highly strategic colleges—the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences—and has opened the University’s state-of-the-art Data Center, signed an affiliation agreement with Albany Law School, and launched several initiatives that advance research and academic excellence.

He is widely recognized for his work to advance public engagement in higher education, and is leading efforts to strengthen the University’s partnerships in the community and beyond. He is co-chair of the Capital Region Economic Development Council; co-convener of The Albany Promise cradle-to-career partnership, and serves on the boards of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, and Campus Compact.

Prior to coming to UAlbany, Dr. Jones spent 34 years at the University of Minnesota, where he was on the faculty in agronomy and plant genetics, and the plant biology graduate program. He later served in several key leadership positions. At Minnesota, he was also instrumental in the development of the University’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, which in 2015 was renamed in his honor.