Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas JonesDr. Nicholas P. Jones is the Executive Vice President and Provost of The Pennsylvania State University. Reporting directly to President Eric J. Barron, Dr. Jones serves as Penn State’s chief executive officer in the President’s absence, and he is involved in nearly all University operations.

As the University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Jones oversees all academic units (colleges, schools, and campuses) and major academic support units, such as the University Libraries, Educational Equity, Affirmative Action, and Information Technology Services. He works closely with fellow administrators, deans of academic colleges and other units, and many others across the University to set academic priorities and allocate funds to move them forward.

In higher education, the quality and effectiveness of our work profoundly and substantively impacts our students. At Penn State, we are committed to ensuring that our students receive an education that effectively prepares them not only for the modern workforce, but also for the challenges they will encounter during their lives.