Interim Provost Jones

Kenneth E. Jones, D.Min., Ph.D

Dr. Kenneth Elvis Jones is interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fisk University.  Prior to being assigned to this role, Dr. Jones served as Vice Provost for Student Success and directed the Office of Academic Excellence and Student Performance (AESP). He also served as interim dean of the School of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Since arriving at Fisk University in the spring of 2019, Dr. Jones has worked to impact the academic success of Fisk University students. Key among his accomplishments was facilitating the installment of the new student success management system, EAB/iFisk. He changed the protocol for freshman admissions placement testing and has led in creating a network approach to student academic support.

Dr. Jones’ extensive career in academic leadership includes serving as vice president of Academic Affairs at Miles College (AL), chair of First Year Experience at Rust College (MS), and dean of Liberal and Fine Arts at Elizabeth City State University (NC). At ECSU, Dr. Jones also directed the University Honors Program and was responsible for significant growth in honors education. He is currently the president of the National Association of African American Honors Programs, representing honors education at over 60 HBCU institutions. He led the Fisk University W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program debate team to first place in competition at the 2019 NAAAHP national conference.

Dr. Jones received a BA degree in Radio, TV, and Film from the University of Mississippi and a MS degree in Communication from Clarion State University (PA). His Ph.D. in Mass Communications is from Howard University, and he has a doctorate degree in Ministry from the Virginia Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jones is a seasoned administrator and has had a positive impact on every institution at which he has served. One of his most recent accomplishments was being awarded a $1.5 million grant for the federally funded TRIO-Student Support Services program for the 2020-2025 Fisk University LEAD-SSS program. He has secured similar funding for student success programs from a range of sources, including Author Vining, Walmart, and NAFEO.

Dr. Jones’ background includes positions such as reporter/copy editor at newspapers in Knoxville, TN; Waterbury, CT; and Worcester, MA. He served as public information deputy director for the D.C. Department of Human Services and deputy manager for Creative Services for the 1990 U.S. Census. He also served as editor of the national church denominational publication, The Christian Index. Dr. Jones’ journal publications and research focus include honors education, media effects, media technologies and innovation, Black Church and media, and educational leadership. He and spouse, Mrs. Frances W. Jones, maintain a permanent residence in Pleasant Grove, Alabama.