After about one year in the role, Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones is stepping down, the school announced Monday.

Jones, a former senior strategist for leadership education at Duke Divinity School, will soon return to a faculty position at Duke University. His resignation is effective June 30, according to the university.

Jones held a key role within the university’s response to the school’s sexual assault scandal, leading a task force focused on spiritual life and character formation.

“It has been a privilege to serve Baylor over this past year marked by many transitions and challenges, even as we have sought to build on Baylor’s academic strengths and advance the university’s mission,” Jones said in a press release. “(My wife) Susan and I have now discerned, though, that it would be best for us, and we believe also Baylor, to have a new beginning. I look forward to returning to Durham, a faculty position at Duke and the opportunity to develop a new platform for work focused on a Christian vision for social innovation. Baylor has a bright future under the leadership of President Linda Livingstone, and I wish the Baylor Family all the best as the university moves forward.”

Jones declined further comment.

Former Baylor President Ken Starr hired Jones, who began work in the role May 16, 2016. Ten days later, Starr was fired after a law firm’s investigation found “fundamental failure” in the school’s response to sexual violence, according to Baylor regents.

Jones restructured his office in July, creating three leadership positions focused on academic operations and strategic finance; strategic initiatives, collaboration and leadership development; and university mission.

The previous provost, Edwin Trevathan, held the role for less than eight months before resigning. Trevathan replaced Elizabeth Davis, who is now president of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.

“On behalf of the Baylor Family, I would like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Jones for his service in this important role over the past year,” Livingstone said in the press release. “Baylor continues to be strong and resilient, particularly within the academic enterprise, and I look forward to continuing our trajectory in concert with the deans and faculty.”

Phillip has covered higher education for the Tribune-Herald since November 2015.

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