Monica Jones
Monica Jones
Jones Named New Assistant AD for Academics & Student Services

June 21, 2012

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State Director of Athletics Kyle Moats announced today (June 21) the hiring of Monica Jones as assistant director of athletics for academics and student services. 

Jones, who is currently serving as interim director of student-athlete development at the University of Arkansas, will begin her new post at the Springfield campus on July 23.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join Missouri State," Jones said. "I want to thank Kyle Moats and the administration for this opportunity. I look forward to working with the wonderful faculty and staff at MSU and continue providing support for student success. I am honored to build on the foundation established by Bryan Hicks during his tenure and look forward to getting started."

She is a 1995 graduate of Arkansas in her second tenure in Fayetteville. She has been assisting with the university's student development operations since March. She has also served as associate director of Arkansas' student-athlete academic support and achievement since December 2008.

Previously, she spent 2002-08 at the University of Louisville working first as assistant director of campus life and later as assistant director for advising and student support services. She began her professional career at Arkansas in 1997 as an athletic academic counselor and advanced to academic advisor for the College of Education and Health Professions in July 2000. Before moving to Louisville in December 2002, she also served as the director of multicultural student services at Arkansas.

"We are looking forward to having Monica on our team at Missouri State," Moats said. "She understands intercollegiate athletics and working with students and faculty on a daily basis. Her background in academics and multicultural affairs will be invaluable to the continued success of the Achievement Center and in helping MSU develop well-rounded student-athletes."

Jones is a native of Malvern, Ark., and is a member of the National Academic Advising Association and National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. She is also part of the 2011-13 class for the NACADA Emerging Leaders program and earned her master’s degree in counseling from Arkansas in 1999. She will complete her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in August 2013.

Jones’ hire is contingent upon formal approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Aug. 3.