Dr. Kristen Jones has over 30 years of experience spanning four different community colleges in three states. Starting her career at Linn-Benton Community College as a classified employee, over the next 19 years she also worked as faculty, manager, and dean. Dr. Jones moved to Montana to serve as the vice president of instruction and student services at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) in Kalispell. While at FVCC, she provided administrative oversight for creation of a Licensed Practical Nursing program at Blackfeet Community College and led the redesign of the developmental math program and the creation of a new agriculture program. A desire to return to the Pacific Northwest brought Dr. Jones to North Seattle College (NSC), where she was hired as vice president of instruction. During her tenure at NSC, Dr. Jones led the development of a 10-year Instructional Master Plan and provided leadership for the development of a faculty-led Instructional Program Review process.
In her role as provost at Bellevue College (BC), Dr. Jones supported and enhanced BC’s commitment to diversity, equity, social justice, environmental sustainability, and international education. As executive sponsor of BC’s Achieving the Dream initiative, Dr. Jones collaborated with a large team of campus stakeholders to create and implement a vision for the institution’s goal of improving student access and completion and eliminating opportunity gaps for Black and Latinx students.
Ed.D. (Community College Leadership) | Oregon State University
M.S. (Counseling) | Oregon State University
B.S. (Psychology) | University of Oregon
Provost | Bellevue College (BC)
Acting VP of Human Resources | Bellevue College
Acting President | Bellevue College
How has education changed your life/your family?
I was raised as the oldest of seven children on the outskirts of Juneau, Alaska. Given my relatively sheltered youth, attending college exposed me to ideas, beliefs, and experiences which I had previously never considered. My educational journey was so transformational, I decided to devote my career to supporting students in their own search for meaning and purpose.