Black History Month: Dr. Marcus Jones, NSU President


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Dr. Marcus Jones was named the 20th President of Northwestern State University Nov. 8, 2021. Jones has served the institution in many ways throughout his 23- year career.

Jones has an extensive academic business a legal background, having served as executive Vice President and COO for the University of Louisiana System, where he oversaw the areas of business finance, internal/external audit function, EEO and IT for the System and handled matters of system level importance on behalf of the UL System President. He also oversaw management of budgets, administration, policies and procedures, and international relations and acted as the legal liaison for the system.

This article published in the Feb. 3, 2022, print edition

Jones served as NSU’s Executive Vice President for university business affairs from 2017-20. He oversaw University Police, the Environmental Health and Safety office, Grounds Department and the Physical Plant and was responsible for construction, maintenance, custodial and general upkeep of all University facilities and grounds. He also reviewed and executed University leases and cooperative agreements and oversaw the environmental health and safety officer. He was NSU’s Vice President for university affairs from 2007-17.
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from NSU, a master’s in international business and trade from Grambling State University and a law degree from Southern University Law Center where he was managing editor of the Southern Law Review. He also studied international business and finance at the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England.
Jones has been a member of Northwestern’s faculty since 1994 as an instructor of business, assistant professor of business law and international business, associate professor of business law and international business and has held the Ben D. Johnson Endowed Professorship since 1999. Proficient in Spanish, he led the university’s international recruiting efforts.
Jones has been treasurer and a consultant to the Ben D. Johnson Educational Foundation and finance/accounts manager and consultant for the Ben D. Johnson Construction and Finance Co. He served as treasurer and consultant of the Northwest Louisiana Athletic League. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., the American Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.