Dr. Ron Jones Retires as President of Memphis College of Art

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Feb. 10, 2017


Ron JonesDr. Ron Jones Retires as President of Memphis College of Art

Vice-President for Advancement Laura Hine To Assume Interim President Role

Memphis, Tenn. (February 10, 2017) – Dr. Ron Jones, 74, President of the Memphis College of Art since May 2011, will retire from that position effective February 28, 2017, Henry Doggrell, Chair of the MCA Board of Trustees, announced today.

Jones, who came to MCA from the University of South Florida, presided over a major reorganization in 2012; he also secured the continuation of the College’s critical SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation. In addition, Jones directed the development of the College’s broad-ranging Professional Practices (P2) curriculum, ensuring that MCA graduates have the essential career readiness skills for any professional path they may choose.

“Ron Jones took over the leadership of MCA at a time of transition for the college,” said Henry Doggrell, MCA’s Chair. “Today, through Dr. Jones’ guidance and tireless efforts, MCA has a strategic plan approved by its Board of Trustees to guide a dedicated leadership team as they direct MCA’s future. Dr. Jones leaves MCA in the very capable hands of Laura Hine.”

Laura Hine is a Memphis native who earned her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. She has worked in fundraising and in senior executive roles at firms such as Arthur Andersen and Baker Donelson. Prior to her arrival at MCA, Hine helped re-engineer and stabilize the Workforce Investment Network, a federally funded regional workforce development agency, as a Deputy Director for the City of Memphis.

Since she arrived at MCA, Hine has worked to boost fundraising, create and sharpen admissions marketing messages, and build unique partnerships for MCA in Memphis and the region.

“I am proud of MCA’s 80-year history and the unique role MCA plays in the cultural life of this community,” she said. “Our students, faculty and alumni make up Memphis’s creative class, and their creativity is attractive to both those who live here and those who are considering a move to Memphis. I will work hard in this interim role to ensure that this important educational institution continues to contribute to our city and region.”

Photo: Dr. Ron Jones

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