President of Full Sail University
As President of Full Sail University, Garry Jones is one of the prime catalysts of the university’s forward motion. By working with the executive management team and regularly interacting with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, he works to ensure that the school’s progress maintains the original mission and culture – or “heartbeat” – of the institution.
During his time as President, Full Sail University has been recognized among the “Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, the “Best Music Programs” by Rolling Stone magazine, the “Top 25 Music Schools” by The Hollywood Reporter, and the “Top 50 U.S. Film Schools” by The Wrap magazine. In addition, Full Sail has been named the “School/College of the Year” four-times by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, one of the “Best for Vets Colleges” by Military Times EDGE magazine, and received Apple’s “Innovators in Education” award.
2019 marks a historic milestone for Full Sail University, which will proudly celebrate its 40th anniversary of providing a one-of-a-kind, innovative, and award-winning education centered on supporting its students, while helping to propel its graduates into their careers in the ever-expanding world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology.
In the coming months, the university will host its 10th Annual Hall of Fame celebration, which will include the official opening of “The Fortress” – Full Sail’s state-of-the-art esports arena in support of Armada, the university’s collegiate level varsity esports team, as well as other professional industry esports initiatives. The 11,200+ square foot facility will be the largest esports arena to date on any college or university campus in the United States.
Currently, Garry serves as Chair-Elect of The Nature Conservancy Florida Chapter with a chairmanship term of July 2019-June 2022; he serves on the Board of Directors for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; he is a voting member of NARAS – the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (GRAMMYS), he is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, he serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Bluefield College, he is a Founders Circle Member for the Foundation for Foster Children, and holds a position on the Advisory Board for the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. In 2018, Garry was also selected as a member of the transition team for Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. Previously, he has served as an executive member of the Local Organizing Committee for WrestleMania 33, on the board of the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association, and on the Goals 2000 Committee – a public/private sector council organized under the auspices of the Industrial Development Commissions of Greater Orlando.
Originally from Christiansburg, Virginia, Garry currently resides in Winter Park, Florida with his wife and best friend of 34 years, Isis.
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