Ferris State University’s Division of Academic Affairs welcomes Logan Jones, an educator, administrator and researcher, as its new dean of the College of Business, beginning in June 2022.
Jones will bring several years of experience from the College of Business and Professional Studies at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, including service as dean, to his Ferris role. Jones sees definite parallels between his current responsibilities and those he will assume in Ferris’ College of Business.
“I am pleased to collaborate with programs new to me plus several familiar examples, such as the core business degree programs, the Law Enforcement Academy and the Criminal Justice program,” Jones said. “It will be an honor to work together with our faculty and program coordinators to strive for excellence so that we might build on our reputation and the prominence of the university.”
Jones’ background includes administrative duties in a restructured interdisciplinary college as he comes to the Ferris College of Business, which has added academic programs from the former College of Education and Human Services.
“These changes afford us a great opportunity to pursue best practices and collaborate as a reconfigured college,” Jones said. “I believe my experiences will be a benefit as we consider and develop various interdisciplinary pursuits in the College of Business.”
Jones said he looks forward to supporting the college’s online degree programs, which have received recognition and distinction for their quality and value to students.
“The breadth of the programs offered online, and their stature, speaks to the greatness Ferris has established and continues to develop,” Jones said. “I see opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and instruction that will benefit the university and students, now and in the future.”
As several College of Business programs move into classroom space and offices in Ferris’ Center for Virtual Learning in 2023, Jones sees momentum and positive energy for those disciplines.
“We will focus on the student experience, as we prepare for the Center for Virtual Learning to become operational and once we take up learning, in that state-of-the-art facility,” Jones said. “Our focus will be on creating an inclusive environment, with the student a significant part of the college from when they arrive and begin their studies on campus. I look forward to those collaborations, which will allow the College of Business to advance in keeping with the university’s mission by being a welcoming group focused on student success, lifelong learning and creating responsible citizens.”
Jones completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration at the University of Mississippi and received an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arkansas State University. Currently, his research explores organizational behavior and focuses on topics such as employee motivation and leadership. Before entering higher education, Jones served in leadership roles in municipal law enforcement and the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.
Hospitality Management Program Director Amy Dorey and College of Engineering Technology Dean Mike Staley led a Ferris search committee as its co-chairs.