Regan Jones was named Notre Dame’s director for military and veterans affairs in 2017. In this capacity, he heads the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs (OMVA) and provides strategic direction on behalf of the provost for the University’s veteran and military-related programs. This includes working closely with faculty, administrators, and staff to create, manage, and coordinate initiatives in support of military-connected students and their families.
Prior to his appointment in the OMVA, Jones was a senior project manager on the Department of Development’s academic advancement team, leading task forces for emerging projects that required organizational and operational change in order to advance new innovative initiatives across campus units. Jones came to Notre Dame in 2014, when he joined the ROTC Department as an assistant professor of naval science with a secondary appointment in the First Year of Studies. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was the director of operations for Notre Dame’s ROTC departments and managed a number of programs that focused on academics, leadership, physical fitness, and community involvement.
As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Jones completed combat deployments to Iraq and non-combat deployments to the Pacific theater of operations (Japan, Thailand, and Philippines). When not deployed overseas, he was involved in all aspects of Marine Corps training and education, including the development and execution of both tactical and technical curricula.
Jones received numerous awards and honors for his military service, most notably the Purple Heart Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the General John A. Lejeune Award for inspirational leadership.
A former Division I athlete, Jones holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University at Albany, an M.B.A. from Florida State University, and is a graduate of the President George W. Bush Institute Leadership Program.
He and his wife, Mary, along with their three children, reside in the South Bend area, where he is a member of the board of directors for the YMCA of Michiana.