Clark State appoints new vice president for marketing, diversity, community impact

Clark State Community College has appointed Crystal Jones as their new vice president for marketing, diversity and community impact.

Jones has served Clark State in numerous capacities since 2007, most recently as assistant dean of the school of Business and Applied Technologies. She describes her new roles as a “demonstration of commitment to the community, industry, students and the college by existing leadership.”

“Establishing a position that intentionally connects marketing, diversity and community impact is a sign of forward-thinking, as well as a response to the current environment,” Jones said. “I am looking forward to the collaboration within the college, industry, organizations within the community, etc. Fostering connections and communicating effectively will be key to moving forward.”

Jones has almost 14 years of experience in academia, marketing and promotions and over ten years of professional experience building relationships with community organizations and businesses.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management with an organizational leadership and human service leadership focus and a Master of Business Administration with a healthcare management focus from American InterContinental University. Currently, she is on track to complete her Doctorate in Education with a specialization in leadership in higher education from Capella University in 2023.

“Crystal brings with her a wide range of experience as a faculty member and supervisor as well as significant community involvement and workforce development expertise and energy and work ethic,” President of Clark State Jo Alice Blondin said.

Blondin said Jones has led diversity efforts on campus, including establishing the Clark State’s first diversity conference in 2016.

“She has continued to focus in the areas that she will lead, including her visibility in the communities we serve discussing and leading conversations on race and equity,” Blondin said.

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