Giving Time, Talent, and Treasure

NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dean J. Preston Jones

J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., has been a part of the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University for 25 years. He believes it has been an honorable distinction to be part of the growth of something remarkable, and feels a responsibility to ensure its success.

After serving as interim dean since March 2012, Jones was appointed dean of the college in 2013. He had previously held positions as executive associate dean, associate dean for academic affairs, executive director of master’s degree programs, assistant professor of management, director of M.B.A. programs, faculty coordinator for graduate programs, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and recruiter.

An entrepreneur and businessman before devoting his career to academia, Jones had served in various engineering and management positions for Johnson & Johnson for 16 years. In 1987, he came to South Florida to complete his M.B.A. at what was then called Nova University. While venturing out on his own as an entrepreneur in electrical distribution, he taught as an adjunct faculty member at Nova.

“I closed my business in 1992 and decided I wasn’t going back into manufacturing, so what did I want to do with the rest of my life?” he said. “Well, I loved teaching, I loved writing and consulting, and I loved Florida.”

He was hired as a recruiter for the school, which provided him with the chance to pursue his doctorate. Jones said his heartfelt dedication to the college is a testament to leaders who opened doors for him at NSU.

With strategies culled from his own experience and the time he has spent at NSU, he has a vision for the future of the business college. “I have been entrusted to take our college to the next level, and make sure that it continues to provide opportunity.

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