Oberlin College Names New Vice President of Communications
OBERLIN, OHIO – Edward "Ben” Jones, a national expert on blogging, social networking, and Web 2.0 in higher education, has been appointed Oberlin College’s vice president for communications.
“Jones is an excellent writer and editor, and a professional web designer and communications strategist,” says Oberlin President Marvin Krislov. “He is a nationally recognized expert on online communities in higher education, and he is adept at pushing the boundaries of web-based communications and media.”
“Jones personifies the quality and vitality of our students and alumni,” says Krislov. “We are delighted to welcome him back to Oberlin.”
Jones returns to Oberlin from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has served as director of communications for its office of admissions since 2004. At MIT, he developed a communications plan and admissions web community that has been cited as the gold standard in admissions communications. During his tenure, MIT's applications increased 28 percent.
Previously, he was a founder and partner of Blue Coda Inc., a web design firm with clients such as Harvard and MIT. He served as a director of design and production for About.com, the fifth largest web site in the world at the time; directed the online version of American Prospect (the liberal politics magazine founded by Oberlin alumnus Robert Kuttner); and helped to develop an online community known as the Electronic Policy Network.
At Oberlin, Jones was a double major in English and environmental studies, vice president of his senior class, a senior intern in the admissions office, head manager of the Cat in the Cream coffeehouse, and an a capella singer.
He is also an active musician with multiple songwriting awards to his credit. He and his wife, Tanya Rosen-Jones, Oberlin Class of 1997, have two sons, Emerson and Asa.
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