NATCHITOCHES - Marcus Jones has been named executive vice president for university and business affairs at Northwestern State University. His appointment has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
He has been vice president for university affairs since 2007. Jones will be responsible for the oversight of the areas of student accounting and cashiering, accounting and budgeting, purchasing, University Police, construction projects, maintenance, custodial and general upkeep of all university facilities and grounds. He will be responsible for reviewing and executing University leases and cooperative agreements, overseeing the environmental health and safety officer. Jones leads the university’s international recruitment effort, which has substantially increased the number of students at NSU from outside the United States in recent years.
“Marcus Jones is the consummate leader. As executive vice president, he will create a business culture founded on responsiveness and efficiency in our back office operations and the other areas under his purview,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Jim Henderson.
Jones brings an extensive academic, business and legal background to the position. Jones is a graduate of Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance, a master’s in international trade and finance from Grambling State University and a law degree from Southern University Law Center where he was managing editor of the Southern Law Review. He also studied international business and finance at the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England.
“I am looking forward to assuming my expanded role as executive vice president,” said Jones. “As part of my new role, I plan to work closely with the business affairs division to meet the University’s strategic goals, which have been set by Dr. Henderson and others.”
Jones has been a member of Northwestern’s faculty since 1994 as an instructor of business, assistant professor of business law and international business and associate professor of business law and international business. He holds the Ben D. Johnson Endowed Professorship.
He has also been treasurer and consultant of the Northwest Louisiana Athletic League and has served in several capacities including co-editor of “Callaloo,” a literary magazine based at Texas A&M.
Jones has also been treasurer and a consultant to the Ben D. Johnson Educational Foundation and finance/accounts manager and consultant for the Ben D. Johnson Construction and Finance Co. In his role with the construction and finance company, Jones supervised subcontractors at construction sites, managed the company’s operating budget, provided financial oversight and worked in economic development.
He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.