The state Board of Regents named Paul Jones as the 10th president of Fort Valley State University during its meeting Tuesday.
Jones has served as interim president of Darton State College, a University System of Georgia state college in Albany.
Chancellor Hank Huckaby recommended Jones for the presidency.
"We recognized Paul was a strong, emerging leader as chief budget officer at Georgia College and State University when we asked him to assume the role of interim president at Darton State College," Huckaby said in a statement. "Paul's success at Darton combined with his leadership capabilities have made it clear he is the ideal candidate to be appointed permanent president of Fort Valley State University."
The chancellor said he made his recommendation based on Jones' background in finance.
"Paul has developed strong, trusted relationships across our university system," Huckaby said. "Fort Valley State University and its long-term success is critically important to our university system. With his solid background in finance and fiscal affairs, combined with his proven experience as president within our system, Paul will work to quickly build a close, team relationship with Fort Valley State University faculty and staff."
As interim president of Darton State College, Jones focused on improving the administrative functions of the college by creating an enrollment management division, legal affairs and internal audit departments. He was also instrumental in restructuring academic divisions into three schools and resolving some audit, accreditation and fiscal challenges.
During Jones' interim presidency at Darton, the campus expanded its online degree offerings by adding four new baccalaureate online degrees.
Jones' employment background includes serving as chief budget officer and interim president at Georgia College and State University. While at GCSU, he worked in several interim roles, including as the institution's president, assistant to the president, vice president of academic affairs. He also held the positions of vice president and chief of staff and vice president for institutional research and enrollment management. He also held a tenured faculty position at Georgia College as professor of educational administrator.
In 2007, Jones was named a fellow with the American Council on Education, a higher education leadership program, and he served at the University of West Florida. He and his wife Sylvia were named 2012 Alumni of the Year at Utah State University.
Jones holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University and a bachelor's and master's degree from Utah State University.
He and his wife, Sylvia, have two children, Isaiah and Daphne.