D6: Develop a new generation of faculty, staff, student, and alumni leaders

In order to ensure Trinity’s long-term, sustained success, we must promote leadership development among our current faculty and staff members. This will be accomplished by University Vice Presidents leading an initiative to improve training for their respective divisions, to mentor emerging leaders and make available continuing education opportunities, among other possibilities. These opportunities will enable faculty members and Trinity employees to perform their duties more effectively and with greater confidence. We will also nurture the next generation of campus leaders by investing in ourselves. Opportunities for continued promotion and growth improve Trinity’s ability to retain talented colleagues, resulting in higher employee satisfaction, greater institutional and programmatic continuity, and possible cost savings. Through the division of Student Life, we will enact similar programs to ensure that all Trinity students have opportunities to hone their leadership skills both inside and outside of the classroom. By cultivating alumni leadership, Trinity will continue to benefit from the trusted counsel of our most important external advisors.


Deneese Jones, Sheryl Tynes, and Mike Bacon '89 join Trinity's executive leadership team.

President Introduces New Leadership

In his first year as president, Danny Anderson introduced new leadership in key areas of the University. Their experience and perspectives align with the values and goals of the strategic plan and the curriculum as the University moves forward. 

Deneese Jones, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

A seasoned scholar and administrator, Deneese Jones was appointed vice president for academic affairs following a national search. Jones, immediate past provost at Drake University, serves as the University’s chief academic officer and will oversee all academic programs, the development and mentoring of faculty, and implementation of the University’s strategic Trinity Tomorrow plan and the Pathways curriculum.

“Deneese is passionate about the value of the liberal arts and sciences and shares in Trinity’s aspiration to be the model for 21st century education. I believe she has the ability to collaboratively shape implementation of the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan and build upon Trinity’s excellence,” Anderson said. 

Jones brings to Trinity an extensive, 25-year career in academia as an administrator and professor. From 2012-15, she served as provost and professor of education at Drake University. Previously she was dean and professor of education at Longwood University’s College of Education and Human Services from 2005-12. She has published articles and books in equity pedagogy in literacy instruction, teacher education and multicultural education, and leadership development.

Jones succeeds Michael Fischer, Ph.D., who served as vice president for Faculty and Student Affairs for more than 16 years. Fischer announced earlier this year that he would return to full-time teaching and research and will serve as professor of English at Trinity following a one-year academic leave.

Sheryl Tynes, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life

Re-establishing the office of vice president for student affairs, President Anderson appointed an individual widely known at Trinity as a strong advocate for students. Sheryl Tynes will now serve as the University’s chief administrative officer responsible for all areas of student success, including academic support, counseling, health services and disability services, as well as student services, including residential life and student involvement.

Previously she served as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs. In this role, Tynes has been the individual chiefly responsible for academic policies related to student life and serves as a bridge for curricular/co-curricular goals within the Trinity Tomorrow strategic plan.

 “Sheryl embodies the spirit of blending of student affairs, academic affairs, and student services which is the cornerstone of the strategic plan,” Anderson said.

Tynes, also professor of Sociology, joined the Trinity faculty in 1988. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles related to her expertise in social welfare, social security, poverty programs, and first-generation students. She regularly teaches a section for the first-year experience and several sociology courses.

Michael Bacon ’89, CFRE

Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations 

Michael Bacon was appointed as vice president for Advancement and Alumni Relations last June, bringing a strong vision, dedicated leadership, and heartfelt Tiger spirit. An experienced fundraiser, development strategist, and Trinity alumnus, Bacon is responsible for providing leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of the University’s fundraising activities and alumni engagement. Previously founder and principal partner of Bacon Lee & Associates, he brings more than 25 years’ experience as a senior-level development and external relations executive. He specializes in the creation and implementation of strategic fundraising programs including capital campaigns, major gifts, and annual giving. 

“Mike is a role model for Trinity alumni. He is passionate about the University, committed to alumni engagement, and he brings his creativity and professional expertise to the goal of advancing the University,” Anderson said.