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Chesapeake vice president believes people are the heart of administrative services

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013


WYE MILLS - Tim Jones, the new vice president for administrative services at Chesapeake College, looks for the human element in the blueprints and the spreadsheets that are tools of his trade.

"Chesapeake College is in the business of changing lives for the better," Jones said as he settled into his new office. "Ultimately, that that is our job and everyone here plays a part in that. Every budget item and every project has to drive the mission of this college, which is to provide the people of this area with a brighter future."

Jones joins the campus after popular vice president Mike Kilgus died suddenly in March.

"I know that it has been a tough time for the entire campus, but particularly for this division’s staff," Jones said. "It feels like a family here. People at Chesapeake really care about their work and their co-workers, and I know the last few months have been difficult. But like a strong family, the staff has pulled together to get through the tough times. That’s one reason why I wanted to work at Chesapeake."

The Eastern Shore native now oversees the college’s facilities, financial, and human resources department.

"Many of the positions in this division are behind-the-scenes. These folks do not have the student interaction that our instructors or advisers have, but they are vital to our mission," said Jones. They are the campus caretakers, Jones said, looking out for the college’s employees, finances, buildings and grounds. All of which improve the student experience.

"Every company has a mission. I favor organizations that put the mission before the dollars," said Jones. "The reason why I enjoy non-profit work is because the mission always comes first. My personal business model is that you can successfully run the finances and operations without sacrificing the core service mission. It’s a challenge, but that’s what makes this work fun and rewarding."

Jones comes to Chesapeake after working with Sotera Defense Solutions for eight years. Most recently, he was the senior vice president and general manager of their engineered solutions subsidiary. Prior to joining Sotera, Jones was the senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care.

Jones takes over Chesapeake’s administrative services division as the college prepares to break ground for the first major expansion here in recent years. While there have been substantial renovation projects on campus, the Health Professions and Athletics Center will be the first expanded building footprint on campus since the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center was constructed in 2004.

The new vice president said Chesapeake College is critical to the region’s future. Not just as a provider of education and training, but as innovative leader. He cited the college’s efforts at environmental and fiscal sustainability as examples of such leadership. It is innovation and leadership, he said, that will continue despite – or perhaps because of - funding challenges.

"When you are in this position, the silver living of tough financial times is that people really listen to any of your suggestions," Jones said with a smile. "Shifts in the economic climate can make people open to change and more willing to try new things. I truly believe that challenge brings opportunity."

Jones earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Virginia Tech, and he is a graduate of Shore Leadership.

An avid gardener and traveler, Jones makes his home in Cordova, where he lives with his wife and two children.


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