Brandon W. Jones
In the Summer of 2008, while completing my M.Ed. in Higher Education (Student Affairs) at ACU, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime - to be the Residence Director of McKinzie Hall! It was a great feeling because this was the same hall where I served as an R.A. during my sophomore year. It was in this position that I learned about myself as a leader, an employee, a student, and most of all...a man of God. I'm not sure what direction my career would have taken had it not been for this tremendous opportunity.
After graduating from ACU in May 2009 with my master's, I moved to Arlington, TX to pursue my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. I went on to serve as a Learning Specialist for the McNair Scholars Program at UTA. Since then, I have served as a Tutor for the AVID Program at Nimitz High School (Irving, TX), Intern to the President of Cedar Valley College, and the Assistant to the Chief Retention Officer at the Dallas County Community College District Office.
Currently, I am the Academic Success Counselor at the University of Dallas. In this role, I provide leadership in the university's ongoing retention and advising initiatives. I am also in the third year of my doctoral program and set to take comprehensive exams this November (2011). My dissertation will address the persistence of Black males in higher education. Two weeks after my comprehensive exams, I am set to marry the love of my life, Melissa D. Brown (whom I met while filling out my paperwork in the UTA payroll office).
I am 100% certain that my experiences as an R.D. prepared me for everything I have done since I left ACU. The funny thing is, it was John Delony (Assistant Dean for Residence Life and Education) who suggested that I even apply to UT Arlington! I'm so glad that I listened because my life hasn't been the same since.
Brandon W. Jones, M.Ed.
Class of 2006 (Centennial Class) and 2009