Atmore native appointed to provost of Coastal Alabama

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Atmore native David Jones was tapped by Dr. Gary Branch to serve as provost over the Atmore and Brewton campuses of Coastal Alabama Community College.

Jones lives in Brewton and has served as the dean of student affairs and athletic director on the Brewton Campus since January 2005. Branch, who is the regional president of CACC, made the announcement of Jones’ appointment in a college assembly on May 2, according to a release.

“Mr. Jones has many years of experience in community college administration,” Branch said in a news release. “He expresses a great amount of loyalty for Brewton and Atmore, and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to serve in this new role.”

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Before becoming dean of student affairs at the former Jefferson Davis Community College, Jones was no stranger to the Alabama Community College System.

He served for two years as assistant dean for Extended Day Programs/Admissions/Financial Aid at H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College. He also served at Trenholm as dean of student development and also at John M. Patterson State Technical College as interim dean of students, interim coordinator of student services and assistant dean of instruction for Extended Day Programs.

Prior to coming to John M. Patterson State Technical College, Jones was a vocational technical math instructor at J.F. Ingram State Technical College and an adult education instructor at JDCC.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo, where he attended on a baseball scholarship and master’s degree in teaching from Livingston University.

He remains active in professional organizations, such as Alabama Deans of Student Affairs Association, Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Alabama Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

“As a native of Escambia County and having grown up with two parents who were educators in Escambia County, I am extremely grateful to President Branch for giving me the opportunity to serve the people in this community as the provost for the Brewton and Atmore Campuses of Coastal Alabama,” Jones said. “I am excited to continue working with an outstanding and dedicated group of faculty and staff to provide excellent education and enhance the quality of life for the people in our college’s service area.”

JDCC, Alabama Southern Community College and Faulkner State Community College consolidated to become Coastal Alabama Community College on Jan. 11, 2017. Coastal Alabama has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, has 15 campuses and instructional sites, has more than 100 programs of study and covers nearly 9,000 square miles in south Alabama.