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Dr. Brian Jones Appointed Interim Dean of College of Arts and Letters

Charlotte, N.C. (July 1, 2013) - Johnson C. Smith University announces the appointment of Dr. Brian Jones as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, effective immediately. He replaces former Dean Joseph Turner, who retired in May 2013. Jones has also become an associate professor, effective July 1.

Jones joined Johnson C. Smith University in 2007 as an assistant professor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Appalachian State University, a Master of Arts in history from UNC-Greensboro and a Ph.D. in history from Kansas State University.

“I am honored that the President and the Board of Trustees have entrusted me to lead the largest college on our campus,” said Jones. “I am both excited and humbled to work alongside such an accomplished and dedicated faculty and equally eager students. I take quite seriously the vital work Arts and Letters does as part of our general education program and in pursuit of the University’s mission, and I am committed to doing everything possible to support, enrich, and strengthen our faculty in pursuit of those goals.”

Jones is a 2011 recipient of the CATO Par Excellence Teaching Award and will present in July on “Eisenhower’s Nuclear Philosophy,” at the Eisenhower Academy: A Summer Institute for Teachers, Gettysburg College and National Historic Site. He also accompanied students in May on a study abroad trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites FacebookTwitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

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