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New ASU College of Business Dean

November 19, 2014

Dr. Clifton T. Jones, dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina Aiken, has been appointed dean of Angelo State University’s College of Business, effective April 1, 2015.

Dr. Clifton JonesDr. Clifton JonesAlso a tenured professor of economics at USC-Aiken, Jones will serve in that capacity at ASU, as well. He is also holder of the Timmerman Chair in Enterprise Development at USC-Aiken. 

In announcing the appointment, ASU President Brian J. May said, “Dr. Jones is a perfect match for ASU. His experience in developing and updating classroom-based and online business programs will be of great benefit, as will his involvement in working with collegiate business school accrediting agencies and in major fundraising. Additionally, his experience working with both Small Business Development Centers and local business incubators will benefit both Angelo State and the Concho Valley business community.” 

Dean of the School of Business Administration at USC-Aiken since 2012, Jones previously served as chair of the Department of Economics and Finance in the Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1995-2012. Prior to that, he spent four years on the economics faculty at Murray State University in Kentucky and six years on the economics faculty at the University of Richmond in Virginia. He was instrumental in the re-accreditation efforts for the business programs at each of those universities. 

He has published more than 30 articles and papers in refereed journals and professional conference proceedings, as well as five book chapters and reviews. He is also a manuscript reviewer for numerous industry publications, including International Review of Economics and Finance, The Energy Journal, Southern Economic Journal and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 

Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in economics from Texas A&M University, where he won the Amoco Foundation Distinguished Graduate Student-Teaching Award. He also won teaching excellence awards at Stephen F. Austin and Murray State. 

He will be the permanent replacement for Dr. Corbett Gaulden, who has served as dean of ASU’s College of Business since July of 2007 and is moving to a full-time faculty position as a professor of marketing. Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, professor of management and executive director ASU’s Center for International studies, will serve as interim dean, effective Jan. 1 until Jones arrives in April.