Lesley University, in Cambridge, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Jefferson as chief academic officer and provost.
Jefferson, who was named interim provost in June, has chaired the university’s Business Management Division, where he has been a professor since 2015. He led the faculty assembly in the 2019-20 school year and was its vice chair during the prior academic year. Among his accomplishments at Lesley are designing and developing a new synchronous, non-location-based 4+1 MBA program and leading the implementation of the Master of Science in Management degree program. Most recently, he served as Region One chair of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. His research and publications have focused on leadership development and mentoring.
With more than three decades of professional experience that includes leadership positions in higher education as well as consulting to Fortune 500 companies globally, Jefferson brings expertise in organizational behavior, operations management, mentoring, negotiation and conflict management, supply chain management and business analytics. He has served as director of the Institute of Leadership at the Coast Guard Academy from 2010 to 2014, dean of the College of Business at Albany State University from 2009 to 2010 and dean of the School of Business Administration at Clark Atlanta University from 2004 to 2007. His roster of prior consulting clients includes: AT&T, Verizon, Citibank USA, Nextel Communications and Price Waterhouse.
He has worked in cities across Canada, Europe, South America and China.
“I am delighted that Dr. Jefferson has agreed to become our next provost,” said Lesley University president Janet Steinmayer. “His deep knowledge of the university and faculty, his business acumen and expertise in organizational management, and his strong work advancing equity and inclusion are invaluable assets. I am very excited to have his wise counsel and steady hand at this critical time in higher education.”
Jefferson holds a doctorate of management from the Institute for Advanced Studies at Colorado Technical University, a Master of Science in organization and management from Capella University, a Master of Engineering in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Morehouse College.
Jefferson succeeds Dr. Margaret Everett, who served as provost from 2018 until June.