Dr. J. Preston Jones
Dean and Assistant Professor
The Bald Eagle is a symbol of freedom, spirit, and the pursuit of excellence. A collector of eagle statues, Preston Jones embraces the ideals the eagle represents in his approach to business and teaching. “As an executive and small business owner, my greatest challenge, as an employee and manager, was achieving excellence each and every day,” said Jones “Those experiences are extremely helpful in my courses.”
Jones’s career includes a variety of corporate experiences that enhance his classroom instruction. During his 15 years with Johnson & Johnson, he held positions in manufacturing, quality assurance, plant management, and engineering design. One of his proudest achievements with the company was building a $30 million Tylenol Manufacturing Facility in Puerto Rico on time and under budget. Earlier in his career, Jones owned and operated a small electrical company, and he currently maintains an active consulting career.
Jones integrates his business background into his roles as professor and associate dean. In his administrative role, he has led the enhancement of the Huizenga School’s online distance learning programs. As a professor, Jones has considerable expertise in teaching to adult learners across the world and creating customized curricula.
Dr. J. Preston Jones is the Dean of Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. In his sixteen years at NSU, Dr. Jones has helped to lead the development of the Huizenga School’s online distance learning education programs to business administration and accounting. He is also an accomplished professor with considerable experience in delivering face-to-face and online instruction to adult learners across the United States and around the world. Dr. Jones’ professional career began in 1972 with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. During the fifteen years that followed, he held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, quality assurance, plant management, and engineering design. The highlight of his career was the construction of a $30 million dollar Tylenol Manufacturing Facility in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. He has owned and operated a small electrical supply company. Dr. Jones has special expertise in customizing curriculum for corporate clients and meeting specialized needs for employee-students. He has worked with companies such as American Express and Federal Express to create tailor-made Master of Business Administration programs for their employees and he has taught in NSU’s cluster-based programs in Motorola, BellSouth, American Express, ATT/Lucent and Westinghouse. Dr. Jones received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and earned the Master and Doctor of Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University. His doctoral dissertation is entitled, The Effect of a Market Orientation on Small Business Performance and is often referenced in the small business literature. He has presented papers and conducted seminar courses in France, Japan, Bahamas and Jamaica. Dr. Jones also serves as consultant to firms across South Florida and the Caribbean.