As vice president for university relations, Paul Jones leads Marquette University’s external-facing functions that are delivered through the university's offices of Marketing and Communication, Public Affairs, and External Engagement. The work of the Office of Marketing and Communication is to promote, elevate and broaden the understanding of Marquette and its mission and values. The Office of Public Affairs serves as the university’s liaison to public officials and agencies and oversees the university’s governmental strategic initiatives at the federal, state, county, city and tribal levels. The Office of Economic Engagement is charged with identifying, developing and supporting strategic partnerships between Marquette stakeholders and corporate and community organizations.
As general counsel, Paul is responsible for the management and operation of the Office of the General Counsel, which provides legal representation, advice and services on all legal matters affecting the university and its employees.
Prior to joining Marquette, Paul spent 10 years as an executive officer at Harley-Davidson Inc., serving as the company’s vice president and chief legal officer, as well as in other strategic business roles. Paul previously served as vice president and general counsel at Regal-Beloit Corp. in Beloit, Wisconsin, and was a partner at the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP in Milwaukee.
Paul earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and his law degree from Georgetown University, and holds advanced degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Oxford. He currently serves as vice chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation board of directors and has been recognized as a “Diversity Champion” and “Top Corporate Counsel” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Paul, his wife, Tina, and their three children are members of St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.