NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has named Pat Jones Chief Financial Officer at the university, pending approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System. He will assume the new position in October.
Jones has served since 2000 as Finance Director of the City of Natchitoches, where he supervised accounting functions for operating, restricted, capital and debt service funds and advised the mayor, city council and department heads on financial status and coordinated financial statements with employees and auditors.
He also assisted with contract and cooperative agreement reviews, grant opportunities and project planning, coordinated insurance and payment of debt service and was responsible for cash flow projections and investment of excess cash.
From 1999-2000, Jones was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finances at Bossier Parish Community College. He was Associate Vice President for Finance at NSU from 1998-99 and Assistant Controller and Bursar from 1978-1998, supervising accounting functions and managing operating and other funds budgets and compiling annual budget reports.
Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in accounting at the University of New Orleans and completed advanced accounting courses at Northwestern State. He holds Certified Government Finance Officer Program certification from the Louisiana Government Finance Officer Association, of which he is an active member.
He is an active trustee and finance board member at St. Augustine Catholic Church and a former board member of the Government Finance Officer Association and DOVES (Domestic Violence Education and Support), a non-profit group.
“I have had the pleasure of serving the City of Natchitoches and the Natchitoches City Council for the past 18 years as the city’s Finance Director,” Jones said. “It has been a great opportunity for which I am truly thankful. I look forward to serving Northwestern State University once again and am excited to join their team of dedicated administrative staff. I hope to lead the Business Affairs office in providing the financial stability needed for the continued growth and success of the university.”
Jones succeeds Carl Jones, NSU’s Vice President for Business Affairs and Controller, who has served at the university for 43 years and will transition into retirement in 2019. Carl Jones will continue to serve as a special advisor to the president on fiscal matters.
Northwestern President Dr. Chris Maggio said, “Pat Jones’ extensive professional experience in government and higher education financial matters and his familiarity with the university as a long-time previous employee will make him a valuable member of the administrative staff at NSU. We are excited that he has chosen to return to the university.”