About Chancellor Daniel W. Jones
Dr. Daniel W. Jones was named the 16th chancellor of The University of Mississippi by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in June 2009. He took office as the university's chief executive officer July 1 and is responsible for the operation and management of a four-campus comprehensive university. The university includes nine schools at the Oxford campus; five at the Medical Center in Jackson; the Advanced Education Center in Tupelo; the DeSoto Center in Southaven; and additional sites in Grenada and Booneville.
Vicksburg native Daniel W. Jones, who previously was vice chancellor for health affairs at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, is the first physician to lead Ole Miss. He still keeps a black leather doctor's bag on a shelf in his office.
As he enters a new phase of his Ole Miss career, Dr. Jones is looking forward to helping write the next chapter in the university's history.
In his first semester as chancellor, enrollment topped 18,000 for the first time, the Chronicle of Higher Education named UM one of 10 "Great Colleges to Work For," and students moved into the first new residence hall in nearly 40 years. Service is a focus of his chancellorship—and of the inauguration—and he strongly believes that an important part of the university's mission is to improve the quality of life for all Mississippians.
In additional to serving as vice chancellor at the Medical Center, Dr. Jones was dean of the School of Medicine and Herbert G. Langford Professor of Medicine. During the six years he was responsible for leading the five schools and the health system in Jackson, enrollment, private funding, research programs and commitment to minority education increased dramatically.
While a faculty member at UMMC, he served as the first principal investigator for the landmark Jackson Heart Study, a National Institutes of Health-sponsored research program. A specialist in clinical hypertension, Jones is active in the American Heart Association (AHA). He was the association's 2007-08 national president and served on its National Board of Directors for several years. He is a recognized authority in hypertension research and worked for many years with the AHA on scientific conferences, medical journals, treatment guidelines and other patient-oriented initiatives.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society, Dr. Jones was named one of the "Best Doctors in America" from 1996-2008.
After earning his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Mississippi College in 1971, Dr. Jones entered the School of Medicine at The University of Mississippi Medical Center and graduated with his M.D. in 1975. He completed his residency in internal medicine there in 1978 and then was in private practice in Laurel, Miss. In 1985, he went to South Korea as a medical missionary.
He and his wife, Lydia, whom he met while enrolled at Mississippi College, have two grown children. Their daughter, Jennifer, is married to Jaime Flechas and lives in Oxford. Their son, Jason, lives in Clinton with his wife, Tiffany, and daughter, Brantley.