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University of Minnesota’s Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert Jones

U of M's Sr. Vice President Robert Jones honored for leadership in expanding international education

Jones one of three honored by Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Contacts: Daniel Wolter, University News Service,, (612) 624-5551

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (05/05/2010) —The University of Minnesota’s Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration, Robert Jones, is one of the 2010 recipients of the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

Established in 2000, the annual award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to international education at public and land-grant institutions. The award is named in honor of Michael P. Malone, president of Montana State University from 1991 until his untimely death in 1999. Malone made many contributions to MSU and U.S. higher education through his work as chair of APLU’s Commission on International Programs, where he focused the group’s efforts on issues critical to international education programs. The award will be presented during the summer meeting of the APLU Commission on International Programs in July 2010.

“This year’s Malone Awards recipients have worked tirelessly to promote international education and development,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Their focus on international problems speaks well of America’s highly regarded university system and the willingness of our scholars to promote higher education around the globe.”

Jones, also a professor of agronomy and plant genetics at the university, has raised the visibility and priority of the institution’s international programs by establishing international partnerships, facilitating global scholarship and faculty development, and recruiting international students and scholars.

“Making the University of Minnesota a truly international university has been one of our priorities,” said university President Robert Bruininks. “The relationships that are fostered through international exchanges in education and research have a lasting, positive impact on Minnesota’s economy. I appreciate the exceptional leadership of Dr. Jones in this area. There is no one more deserving of this prestigious award.”

Jones’ commitment to promoting international perspectives and the importance of globalization led to the elevation of the senior international officer (SIO) position to associate vice president and dean of international programs as well as creating a new position and internal grant program through an assistant vice president for international scholarship that reports to the SIO. As a result, the university has more than doubled funding for international research, travel, study and exchange. Jones led efforts to internationalize the curriculum across all academic colleges in order to prepare students to live as global citizens. He also spearheaded successful efforts to establish many new faculty exchanges and international research opportunities at universities in China, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Norway, South Africa and Tanzania.

"I am deeply grateful to APLU for selecting me for this award,” said Jones. “But my efforts to internationalize the University of Minnesota have been a team effort, so I accept this honor on behalf of everyone who has worked hard to bring international perspectives to our institution."

The other two Malone Award winners are Charles W. Steger of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and Barbara J. Stoecker of Oklahoma State University.

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is an association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and many state public university systems. APLU member campuses enroll more than 3.5 million undergraduate and 1.1 million graduate students, employ more than 645,000 faculty members, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all academic research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. For more information, visit

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