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NMSU alumna named assistant vice president for human resource services

Gena Jones, an alumna of New Mexico State University, has been named the university’s assistant vice president for human resource services, bringing more than 24 years of human resource experience to NMSU.


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Gena Jones, an alumna of New Mexico State University, has been named NMSU’s new assistant vice president of human resource services. (Courtesy photo)

Jones is a past assistant vice president for human resources for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and is currently an instructor in human resources management, leadership and human relations at Texas Tech. Her first day at NMSU will be Nov. 16.

“I am excited that Dr. Jones has agreed to join NMSU as the assistant vice president of human resource services,” said Greg Fant, NMSU associate vice president and deputy provost. “She brings expertise from the private sector as well as extensive experience from two other universities. She is a well-respected member of the New Mexico Society of Human Resource Professionals and is the right person to guide our HR unit. It is always exciting when we can bring an Aggie home.”

Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from NMSU in 1981, and a master’s degree in management from Webster University in 1988. In 2010, Jones earned her doctorate in management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix. In 2007, Jones received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NMSU. She has also received several awards in recognition of her HR work and is a past president of the Texas Higher Education Human Resources Association.

Jones said she is looking forward to returning to NMSU and becoming part of the university and Las Cruces communities.

“My academic experience there was wonderful,” Jones said. “I’m excited to return back to my alma mater and contribute to its continued success.”

In the past, Jones has held positions with Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque and the Intel Corporation in Rio Rancho, N.M. From 1999 to 2003, Jones was the executive director of human resources for Albuquerque Public Schools, and from 2003 to 2008 she was the assistant vice president for human resources for the University of Nevada, Reno.

As the assistant vice president for human resources at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Jones supervised more than 50 employees housed in five separate HR offices located in four West Texas cities. Among her notable achievements at the Health Sciences Center was establishing and managing the first office of Immigration Employment Services, directing the Correctional Managed Health Care division in the research and design of a proposal to enhance nurse recruitment and retention initiatives, and designing and partnering with the university’s executive leadership team in the implementation of employee wellness and reward and recognition programs.

Jones said her goal is to enhance NMSU’s human resource services and implement best practices to better assist NMSU administration, faculty and staff.

“I’m looking forward to playing a significant role in executing the NMSU mission and to becoming an active member of the Las Cruces community,” Jones said.