A friend of a friend-Holly Holliday Jones-John Jones-July 1

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 1, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

As I wrote in yesterday’s post June 30th was the last day for a number of employees that I work closely with. Today I want to discuss my friend Dr. John Jones who has left UNC Pembroke to become the Vice President at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. John will begin his new job on July 15, 2015.

John depicted on his last day at work with outgoing UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle Carter

Pine Cottage

In his new position John will provide leadership and direction to the Division of Student Affairs, which consists of Student Life, One Stop Student Services, Career and Professional Development, Dining, Housing and Residence Life, Hill Student Center, Campus Recreation, Disability Support Services, and Student Health and Wellness.

John came to UNC Pembroke in June of 2013 after the retirement of Dr. Diane Jones who I wrote about on May 1, 2015. Diane and her predecessor Dr. James B. Chavis had served UNCP for 5 decades. A link to that post is below:


John earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa and joined University of North Carolina-Pembroke in 2013 as vice-chancellor for Student Affairs, promoting student learning and personal growth by providing strategic leadership and vision for programs, services and opportunities that encourage student success.

Prior to UNCP, Jones worked in college administration at Purdue University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Northern Illinois University. He has served on the board of directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration, the Madame Walker Urban Life Center in Indianapolis and the Center for Academic Integrity. Jones also served in the Army National Guard for 18 years.  John is originally from Chapel Hill, NC and attended undergraduate at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

John was a big favorite of students at UNC Pembroke because he would get involved in their issues. He participated in polar plunges, attended all types of student programming, mentored young men and women in a number of aspects of leadership, and put the student perspective in the forefront of every decision he made over the last two years.

John has also done some neat things personally that I will never forget. He made sure that this past year he secured Denver Bronco tickets for our outgoing Chancellor as an early Christmas gift, he navigated the Lumber River in a kayak with us last May and watched me nearly drown, he completed ultra-marathon relay races in the Midwest with some buddies, and he was always dressed GQ on campus complete with a bow tie.

If you want to follow John he has a twitter account


John will tell you that his success his in due in large part to the support of his family specifically his wife Holly Holliday Jones who is the Director of Residence Life at Fayetteville State.

The Friend – JOHN JONES

UNCP hosts a reception to welcome Dick Christie and John Jones on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013. Christy_and_Jones_welcome_0223.JPG

The Friend of the Friend-HOLLY HOLLIDAY-JONES

Holly shown with her two children and husband John at  UNCP Football game in 2013.

John Jones


Student Affairs Professionals

Holly and John Jones live in the world of Student Affairs. Holly is in charge of residence life at Fayetteville State. Soon they will be both off to UAB but not without making their mark on two sister institutions within the University of North Carolina system.

As a couple John and Holly are committed to the success of students but also committed to the success of their children. They are just two fine people and parents.

Holly was the assistant director of residence life at Northern Illinois University before her and John moved to North Carolina in 2013. I am not sure what the professional future holds for Holly but I can tell you she will be good at the next opportunity she gets in Alabama.

UNC Pembroke is going to miss them but know they are both off to do wonderful things especially when it comes to serving students.


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