Senior Vice President and Dean of Students
Susan D. Jones graduated from Judson College in 2002. As a graduate student, Jones was named to the Board of Directors of Global Women, a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization that focused on missions education surrounding women’s issues and sought to broker worldwide partnerships between women to improve health care, education, and economic development in the name of Christ. She was part of a team that planned and implemented Freedom conferences for college women on campuses around the Southeast. Participants at these conferences were encouraged to find and boldy use their voices to answer God’s call.
After completing a master’s degree in international health at UAB, Jones enrolled as a student at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, Czech Republic. In her two years overseas, she served on the care team of Project HOPE, a European Baptist church-based street ministry to trafficked women led by Lauran Bethell, American Baptist International Ministries’ Global Consultant on Issues Related to Trafficking and Prostitution.
Jones was a member of the work group involved in the establishment of the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution and served as a Baptist World Alliance Women’s Department delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from 2007 to 2010.
Susan Jones returned to her Alma Mater in the summer of 2007 to direct the Faith-Based Service and Learning program, a since-nationally-recognized initiative focused on community partnerships that meet the needs of “the least of these” in Perry County, Alabama, while enhancing student learning and development.
In 2010, Jones was named Assistant Vice President for Student Services, maintaining oversight of the Office of Faith-Based Service and Learning while assuming additional administrative duties. She became Interim Vice President and Dean of Students when her previous supervisor’s family relocated in 2013. Jones transitioned into the more permanent role of Dean of Students in 2014 and was named Senior Vice President and Dean of Students the following year.
During her tenure at Judson, Jones has taught courses entitled Women in Society and Poverty and Inequality, among others. She has served as faculty mentor to Judson students who participated in Leading Edge Institute, a nine-month training program designed to empower college women to embrace their present and future leadership roles in ways that would benefit Alabama, the nation, and the world.
Susan Jones has been part of missions and ministry to women and children in nineteen countries spread across five continents. She has led Judson students in missions and service efforts in Brazil, New York, Georgia, and Alabama, and she hosts a weekly small group Bible study for student leaders of Judson’s Campus Ministries program in her home.
Jones received the Judson College Alumnae Association Past Presidents’ Award for Staff Excellence in 2015. She serves as a peer evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.