Vernon Dale Jones ’95 PhD (PA) appointed chancellor of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre


Vernon Dale Jones is now Chancellor of Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre. In his new role, Jones brings experience from a long and distinguished career in higher education. In 2011, he  joined Hampden-Sydney College as vice president for strategy, administration and board affairs. Before his tenure at Hampden-Sydney College, he was an associate professor of public administration at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2006 to 2011. While at VCU, he chaired the master of public administration program, served as president of the College of Humanities and Sciences Faculty Council, and was the director of the university’s National Homeland Security Initiative. Previously, he held faculty positions in public administration at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he served as director of research for the Center for Homeland Security; Syracuse University, where he directed the Government Performance Project, a $4.8 million research project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts; and the United States Air Force Academy, where he served as deputy head of the political science department. In 2003, Jones also served as legislative director for U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez, who represented Colorado’s 7th Congressional District. More information on his recent appointment as chancellor can be found at:


Jason Cole ’98 MPA named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University


Jason Cole has been named associate vice president of university relations at Cornell University. Cole has more than 16 years of experience in government and government relations, with a broad background in organizational leadership, public policy development and advocacy, media relations, and political, issue, and brand campaigning. He currently serves as vice president of federal government relations at MetLife in Washington, D.C. Prior to his current position, Cole served as chief of staff for Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., and as legislative director for former Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan.

Megyn Kelly ’92 BA (PSc) to join NBC News

alum-news-buttonmegyn-kellyMegyn Kelly, who over recent years became one of the most popular on-air personalities at Fox News, soon will be moving to NBC News, according to recent announcements. At NBC, Kelly will host a daytime news and discussion program, anchor a Sunday night news show, along with other roles in news and event coverage. Kelly, after earning at her political science degree at Maxwell, pursued a career in law and practiced with the firms of Bickel & Brewer and Jones Day before beginning her journalism career as a general assignment reporter with a Washington, D.C., television station. At Fox, she hosted “The Kelly File,” after previously hosting “America Live” and the network’s annual New Year’s Eve specials. She famously co-hosted this first of the Republican candidates’ debates during the recent presidential campaign and recently published a memoir.

Cheryl Camillo ’98 MPA is now assistant professor of public policy at the University of Regina

alum-news-buttonCheryl Camillo is now an assistant professor in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. She teaches public administration, public policy, health administration, and conducts comparative health policy research. In addition, she leads policy workshops for senior public officials in the province of Saskatchewan. Previously, she has worked in many realms of the public policymaking process, including as a grassroots organizer, lobbyist, campaign manager, policy analyst, senior federal policy advisor, state program executive, and researcher.

Deborah Alexander ’82 MSSc/’95 PhD (SSc) represents U.S. on international delegation to observe Duma elections in Russia.

alum-news-button Deborah Alexander represented the United States on an international delegation to observe the September 2016 Duma elections in Russia. Additionally, she was the only American to travel to Siberia to work with the regional election commission. After a diplomatic career in Bosnia, Kosovo, and other Eastern European countries, and almost a decade of service in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, she now splits her time between Lexington, Ky. and Washington, D.C.

Susan Roberts ’86 MA (Geog)/’92 PhD (Geog) is now Associate Provost of Internationalization at the University of Kentucky

Susan Roberts is now the associate provost of internationalization at the University of Kentucky. Her responsibilities include leading and overseeing the University of Kentucky International Center. She will remain a professor of geography, a role she has held since 1991, in conjunction with the position. Her research has focused on political and economic geography. Prior to this position, she served as the chair of Geography, director of the international studies program, and as associate dean for internationalization.

Paul Chaise LaDousa ’97 MA (Anth)/ ’00 PhD (Anth) promoted to professor at Hamilton College

Paul Chaise LaDousa was recently promoted to professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He has been a member of the anthropology faculty for ten years, focusing his research and courses on language and culture. He has published various works, most recently LaDousa co-authored “Being ‘the Gay’ on Campus: Developing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Queer identities in a college context.”