Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Dec 22, 2015
Press Release

Fort Valley, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) welcomes Dr. Paul Jones as the new President of Fort Valley State University (FVSU). The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia named Dr. Jones as FVSU’s president after the strong recommendation by the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, Hank Huckaby.

“Giving our students the ability to receive a quality education is vital in today’s competitive society,” said Congressman Bishop. “I have faith Dr. Jones will build upon the 1890 Land Grant institution’s exceptional legacy at Fort Valley State University by continuing his proven track record of supporting meaningful opportunities for learning, growth, and service through the higher education system of Georgia.”

Dr. Jones has served in numerous senior roles at Georgia College & State University, including vice president and interim president. Additionally, he has held positions on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and of the Central Savannah River Area as well as on the Executive Committee of Washington County Archway. Dr. Jones has been serving as the interim president of Darton State College (DSC) since 2013.

During his presidency, Dr. Jones focused on improving DSC’s administrative functions, legal affairs, and internal audit departments. Furthermore, he successfully increased the number of online degrees offered at DSC and worked to improve the transfer process between Darton and Albany State University for students to earn their degree. An 1890 Land Grant institution with strength in the STEM fields, agriculture research, and extension services, Dr. Jones’ new challenge will be building upon FVSU’s rich history of agriculture research and community development.

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