L. Gregory Jones

Dean, Duke Divinity School

L. Gregory Jones was appointed dean of Duke Divinity School in 2018. He is also the founder and currently serves as a senior fellow at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity, Williams Professor of Theology and Ministry, and senior fellow at the Fuqua-Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, all at Duke University. Jones is dedicated to cultivating strategic and visionary leadership and innovation in partnership with individuals and institutions. His focus on leadership and innovation builds on his scholarly work in forgiveness and reconciliation as well as his years in leading Christian institutions. He served Duke University as dean of the Divinity School from 1997 to 2010. He founded Leadership Education in 2008 and directed its work until 2010 when he began service as Duke’s chief international strategist to advance and coordinate the university’s global engagement. In 2016-17, Jones served as executive vice president and provost of Baylor University, helping lead the university through a year of challenges as well as several key leadership transitions. He is the author or editor of 17 books, including Christian Social Innovation, the co-authored Forgiving As We've Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace (with Celestin Musekura, in 2010), Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry (with Kevin R. Armstrong, in 2006) and the widely acclaimed Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis (1995). Jones, an ordained United Methodist pastor, has published more than 200 articles in a variety of publications. He is an editor-at-large for Christian Century, and writes a regular column for Faith & Leadership, the online magazine published by Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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