Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams Announces Key Senior Leadership Appointment  

Phillip D. Jones Named Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, Leading Efforts to Evaluate, Engage, and Expand 
on the Institution’s Achievements and Outcomes 


Hampton, Va. (March 24, 2023) – Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams announced today the appointment of Phillip D. Jones to the position of Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning, where he will lead the execution of the college’s strategic plan and support institutional growth and efficiency goals. In this new role, Jones will coordinate both the long-term and short-term initiatives across academic and administrative disciplines and help implement best practices to enhance the experience of students, faculty, and staff.  

Jones is currently serving as the 27th Mayor of Newport News, Virginia, where he is working to improve education, invest in public safety, and modernize City Hall. He brings a well-established record of public-private sector experience.  As a Marine Corps infantry officer, he led his Marines to support peacekeeping and security cooperation missions on multiple continents. As a management consultant with a leading global firm, he advised Fortune 500 companies, municipalities, and nonprofits on strategy, marketing, organization, and operations.  

In the wake of 9/11, Jones accepted a nomination to the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with merit with a B.S. in History. He earned an M.S. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School; and the MBA from the Harvard Business School where he served as a Tillman Scholar and Co-President of the Veterans Club.  

“We are delighted to welcome Phillip Jones to the Hampton Family,” said President Darrell K. Williams. “Today’s organizational announcement is another building block in our transformational journey. We are moving quickly to position the institution for faster growth and responsiveness. Phillip is a highly capable strategic thinker, and I look forward to using his unique set of skills towards delivering the #1 student experience in America.” 

Jones, who is a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; serves on the board of trustees for the Veterans Service Foundation; board member of Ironbound Boxing; member of Leadership Now Project; and member of 100 Black Men of Virginia Peninsula.  

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to join the President’s senior leadership team,” said Jones. “I look forward to helping the institution expand its influence and impact in the Hampton Roads area and across the global landscape.” 


Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education. For more than 150 years, it has been dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character, and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. It emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of highest quality. A historically Black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural, and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. For more information, visit:  hamptonu.edu