Hollins University has named Mark W. Jones to the position of vice president for external relations. He will direct the university’s fundraising, alumnae relations, marketing, and public relations efforts.
“We are delighted to welcome Mark to Hollins,” said Hollins President Nancy Gray. “His leadership skills, fundraising expertise, passion for the liberal arts, and familiarity with single-sex institutions will make him an outstanding addition to our administrative team and an effective advocate for Hollins and its mission. We are extremely fortunate to have him join us.”
Jones previously held chief advancement officer posts at three other distinguished liberal arts institutions. From 2004 to 2008, he was vice president for college advancement at St. Norbert College in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he spearheaded all advancement efforts, including fundraising, alumni engagement, sponsored programs, communications and marketing, government relations, and community outreach. In addition, he served as dean for advancement and secretary of the college at Indiana’s Wabash College, a college for men (2001-2003), and as vice president for advancement at Goucher College, a former women’s college near Baltimore, Maryland (1994-2000). Jones also resided in Virginia for several years (1987-1994) while serving at the University of Virginia, first as director of corporate relations and later as executive director of the Virginia Engineering Foundation.
Since 1999 Jones has maintained his own consulting practice, offering assessment, planning, and training services to over two dozen non-profit groups. As part of that practice he also provided interim executive leadership to several organizations, including Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College, where he served as interim vice president for development and alumni relations from January through July of this year.
Jones has delivered numerous training sessions for educational and other non-profit groups during his career, and he has authored several articles for publication in professional journals and magazines. He also served as a board member and president of the alumni association at his undergraduate alma mater, Hartwick College.
A native of upstate New York, Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hartwick as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and a Certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. His son, Matthew, is a sophomore at Hampden-Sydney College.