L. Gregory Jones - Biography

Dr. Greg Jones was named Executive Vice President and Provost of Baylor University effective May 16, 2016. He earned his B.A. magna cum laude in 1980 from the University of Denver and received his master’s degree in public policy and administration, also from Denver, in 1982. He earned his M.Div. summa cum laude and Ph.D. from Duke University in 1985 and 1988 respectively. He holds honorary degrees from North Carolina Wesleyan and Lycoming University.

Previously, Dr. Jones provided strategic vision for leadership education at Duke Divinity and served as senior strategist for the Fuqua-Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He also served as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. From 1997-2010, Dr. Jones served as the 11th dean of Duke Divinity School. In October 2015, he was named senior advisor in Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning, as he assisted Dr. Darin Davis in the development of the "Faith Animating ... Project." He is also an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The author or editor of 16 books, Dr. Jones also has published more than 200 articles and essays, including his most recent book, Christian Social Innovation (Abingdon Press, 2016). Dr. Jones is an active contributor to both scholarly and popular publications and is on the editorial board of the journal Modern Theology and editor-at-large for The Christian Century.

He and his wife, the Reverend Susan Pendleton Jones, have three children: Nathan, and his wife, Amy; Benjamin; and Sarah.