Daniel W. Jones, M.D. is the 16th chancellor of the University of Mississippi. As chief executive officer, he is responsible for the operation and management of a four-campus comprehensive university that includes nine schools at Oxford, five at the Medical Center in Jackson, an Advanced Education Center in Tupelo and the DeSoto Center in Southaven. Through these four campuses, the University provides extraordinary educational opportunities for more than 23,000 students.
Under his leadership, UM has undertaken a major initiative to promote diversity across all its campuses and launched an unprecedented construction boom, including new academic, residential and athletics facilities. Enrollment has surged nearly 26 percent, and the campus attracts students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries. Giving to the university has hit record highs, topping $100 million for three consecutive years despite a challenging economy. Jones oversaw the hires of Athletics Director Ross Bjork, who has helped the Rebels' athletics programs achieve national prominence in several sports, and head football Coach Hugh Freeze.
One of Jones' passions is volunteer service, and he has led UM faculty, staff and students to contribute thousands of hours to causes across the Oxford community, the state and around the world.
Before his appointment July 1, 2009, Jones was vice chancellor for health affairs, dean of the School of Medicine and Herbert G. Langford Professor of Medicine at the Medical Center. He served as the institution's chief executive officer for six years, overseeing its five schools, a range of research efforts and the health care system.
Active in the American Heart Association, Jones was the 2007-2008 national president, is a member of the member of the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research and served as a national spokesperson on high blood pressure. A fellow of the American College of Physicians, he is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is designated as a specialist in clinical hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension Specialists. Jones was named one of the "Best Doctors in America" from 1996 to 2008 and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society.
A native Mississippian, he graduated from Mississippi College in 1971, earned his M.D. in 1975 at the UM Medical Center and completed his residency in internal medicine there in 1978. He had a private practice in Laurel, then went to Korea in 1985 to fulfill a passion for health care service to underserved populations. He is married to the former Lydia Channell of Jackson.