J. Preston Jones, D.B.A.

As dean of NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship (HCBE) at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. J. Preston Jones is a man who really makes things happen. His ongoing dedication and enthusiasm helped the Huizenga Business College become what it is today – the home of the largest M.B.A. program in the state of Florida.

Dean Jones, D.B.A. and M.B.A., has worked at NSU’s Huizenga College for more than 20 years with the past four years spent in the leading role. Prior to that he has held a variety of positions including associate dean for academic affairs, executive director of master programs, and director of the M.B.A. program. He has also taught management, served as faculty coordinator for graduate programs, and has been a recruiter.

Dr. Jones believes key differentiators of the Huizenga College are its small class sizes, Korn- Ferry assessment tools, professors with real-world experiences, and amazing corporate partners who provide ongoing support for students. “So many of my students have said interacting with company leaders has provided them with knowledge, insight, and most importantly, employment,” said Dr. Jones. “This is why they so often tell me they feel certain they made the right choice by getting their M.B.A. from NSU.”

Before coming to NSU, the friendly and approachable leader, whose favorite shows to binge watch include Star Wars and the Godfather movies, spent 15 years at Fortune 500 company Johnson & Johnson, where he served in various engineering and management positions.

Though the dean’s youthful appearance belies his years of experience, his wisdom and innovation propel Huizenga Business College to the next level. He’s personable, entrepreneurial and very focused about the importance of students’ getting the best education possible at HCBE. In fact, he declared that if he won the lottery, he would “invest the dollars in a family business and create a scholarship fund for HCBE students.”

When asked about his favorite part of being the Dean, Dr. Jones is quick to reply. “Helping to create opportunities for students, faculty, employees and my team,” he said. “We always try to put our students’ needs above all else. It’s an attitude that impacts our curriculum which is constantly being evaluated to be sure we are teaching to what employers are looking for.”

To read more about Dean Jones click here. If you want to meet him, his office is located on the fifth floor of the Carl DeSantis building in NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. But be sure to call first and maybe bring an ice cream cone, one of his favorite things, to enjoy while you chat.

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