Bruce Anthony Jones

University of Houston

Bruce Jones is Professor and Vice Provost for Academic Programs at the University of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jones has over 25 years of academic and administrative experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector. Over the course of his career he has held two Endowed Chair Professorships. As the Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair for Teaching and Leadership at the University of Missouri he engaged in statewide research on best leadership practices in education reform in partnership with the Missouri State Department of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. At the University of Missouri System level, Dr. Jones founded and led the Consortium for Educational Policy Analysis (CEPA), which was housed on three campuses of the University of Missouri System. Through his research at CEPA and with the support of the Peter Herschend Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation and the Danforth Foundation he launched Missouri’s first statewide comprehensive assessment of student achievement in a report entitled, The Public Education Evaluation Report. At the University of South Florida (USF), Dr. Jones served as the David C. Anchin Endowed Professor of Education and Director of the David C. Anchin Center. Under his leadership the external grant portfolio of the David C. Achin Center grew from an estimated $625,000 when he arrived at USF to over a record producing $30 million.

Dr. Jones has extensive experience working with philanthropic institutions across the United States on program funding strategies, strategic planning and evaluation and executive decision-making. Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Jones served as the founding Director of the I Have A Dream Foundation and Assistant to the President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation in New York City. As a strategic planning, evaluation, documentation and assessment consultant he served on grant funded initiatives that were supported by the Ford Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Peter Herschend Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation, Civic Progress of St. Louis and the Danforth Foundation, the Quantum Foundation of Palm Beach the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Sarasota and the Florida Philanthropic Network.

In 1995, Dr. Jones earned academic tenure at the University of Pittsburgh. Since this time he has held professorships at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of South Florida. The research foci of Dr Jones include educational leadership and policy analysis in K-12 and higher education, cross-sector collaboration, school and community interrelations and cultural competence and educational evaluation and assessment.

Dr. Jones holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City.