Dr. David E. Jones is the Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Talent Management at William Paterson University. He is a highly sought-after diversity consultant, strategist, speaker and trainer and a member of the teaching faculty for the Equity Institute at the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. David holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and communication from Northeastern University, a master of education in college student affairs from the University of South Florida, a bachelor of science in communications from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. In addition to his position at William Paterson, his career has included serving in various leadership roles in residence life, student conduct, multicultural affairs and cultural centers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, City University of New York, University of Massachusetts Lowell, New York University and University of South Florida.
Dr. Jones has maintained an active leadership agenda with the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), presenting regularly at regional and national conferences, serving on the NASPA Certification for Student Affairs Educators Advisory Task Force and on the NASPA Region II Board, currently the Representative for the Professional Standards Division. He also serves NASPA as a leadership team member for the African American Male Summit and co-director and co-founder for the NASPA Ujima Institute. Previously, Dr. Jones has served on the NASPA Region II conference planning committee, faculty member for the NUFP Dungy Leadership Institute and an institutional external review team member with NASPA Advisory Services. Most notably, Dr. Jones was the 2018 keynote speaker for the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
David is a result data-driven, critical and analytical thinker with a proven portfolio that exhibits an ability to engage and effectively work across difference; address dynamics of privilege, power and oppression; develop and implement strategic plans and lead inclusively to create and sustain inclusive organizational cultures. He specializes in diversity, equity and inclusion, with an interest on the intersection of identity and leadership. His work in this area is highly regarded and as a result, he has been the recipient of several regional and national awards such as the NASPA Doris Ching Award for Excellence as a Student Affairs Professional, Social Justice Educator Award for ACPA’s Commission for Social Justice Educators, Mid-Level Professional Award for NASPA’s African American Knowledge Community and NASPA Region I’s Network for Educational Equity & Ethnic Diversity Award. He has delivered over 100 educational sessions, workshops or keynotes at conferences, postsecondary institutions, corporations and non-profit organizations, nationwide. Dr. Jones has been a selected speaker for the NASPA SA Speaks Series and a faculty intern for the Social Justice Training Institute. Published in The Journal of College Student Development, Dr. Jones has also appeared on the Higher Ed Live Network Student Affairs Live show.
Specialties: staff management and supervision, budget management, teaching, implicit bias training, diversity consulting, diversity training, talent management, recruiting and hiring for diversity, strategic planning, assessment, coalition building, and community outreach.
Connect with Dr. Jones on Twitter, @davidearljones.