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FRESNO, CA--Dr. Joseph Jones, the new president of Fresno Pacific University, was welcomed by a host of community organizations and citizens from throughout the Central Valley last night at the headquarters of the Fresno Metro Black Chamber of Commerce (FMBCC.)

Local community organizations who helped to sponsor last night's event included hosting sponsor BAPAC Fresno along with groups:Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Fresno Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Fresno Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. San Joaquin Valley Chapter, Fresno NAACP, BWOPA, WFFRC, Black Nurses, Black Social Workers, the African-American Museum of the SJV, Valley PBS, and the FMBCC.

Dr. Joseph Jones, Ph.D., came from Forman Christian College (FCC), a chartered university in Lahore, Pakistan, where he was vice rector (provost) starting in 2015. In addition to being chief academic officer, his responsibilities included academic administration, marketing communications and enrollment management.

Prior to FCC, Jones spent more than two decades at colleges and universities in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, a group of faith based Christ-centered educational institutions.

An ordained, licensed minister, Jones graduated with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with cognates in planned change, restorative justice and administration from the University at Albany, part of the State University of New York system. His M.S. in Psychology is from Oklahoma State University and his B.A. in Psychology is from Colby College. Jones and wife Yvette have two adult daughters.

Hear what President Jones said in regards to the black community meeting him halfway:

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