Monica Jones begins her first year with Missouri State after being selected as the department's new assistant director of athletics for academics and student services in late June.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Jones comes to MSU after serving as interim director of student-athlete development at her alma mater. She had been assisting with the university's student development operations, after serving as associate director of Arkansas' student-athlete academic support and achievement since December 2008.
Previously, Jones 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.
Jones is a native of Malvern, Ark., and is part of the 2011-13 class for the NACADA Emerging Leaders program and earned her master's degree in counseling from Arkansas in 1999.