Larry Jones recently was named the director of Saint Leo University’s South Hampton Roads Education Center. Jones oversees Naval Station Norfolk; Naval Air Station Oceana; Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek-Fort Story, and Chesapeake offices. He replaces Margaret Park, who retired at the end of the summer.
Jones is no stranger to leadership or Saint Leo. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as sergeant major in 2006. He had a brief, but successful career at Ferguson Enterprises as diversity program manager.
He joined the Saint Leo University family in 2012 as an adjunct criminal justice faculty member and later as an academic advisor, assistant director, and associate director.
“Larry is a skilled, results-driven leader with years of experience in leading, teaching and creating successful outcomes,” said Dr. Carletta Perry, assistant professor of psychology at the South Hampton Roads Education Center.
Jones himself is a Saint Leo graduate, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Science in criminal justice with a concentration in critical incident management in 2011 and 2012.
“My goal is to create an atmosphere that fosters the importance of higher education and connect this idea with increased enrollments,” Jones said of his new position. “Even though there are challenges, based on the current economic conditions of the country, the centers need to explore new options and reach out to existing students, while at the same attracting new students.”
By empowering students to navigate the course planning process and developing a four-year
education plan that fits their interests, Jones can assist them in preparing for their potential careers. Encouraging students to take advantage of the opportunities ahead is a motto Jones preaches to Saint Leo students often.
Saint Leo University’s education centers “are a unique blend of non-traditional learners,” Jones said. “Many of our students are military, veterans, and citizens who have either established themselves in the workforce or retired.”
About his philosophy on education, Jones stated, “I think learning should be based on our Christian fundamentals, such as doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, and grace. As an educator I work to facilitate students to be engaged and participatory in their education, and in their lives, as well as the lives of others. Education is the foundation of our human understanding and the basic principles of our well-being."
For information about Saint Leo University’s South Hampton Roads Education Center, call (757) 464-6449.