Gary L. Jones, Ph.D.

Gary L. Jones, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
gjones@yftva.com

Dr. Gary Jones has worked for YFT Founder and Chairman Joe Gibbs since 1988.  Dr. Jones provided advice on increasing the effectiveness and accountability of the Board of Trustees and on all aspects of the YFT program and corporate matters while creating a highly successful private philanthropy outreach to support the youth home. In 1996, the Board appointed Dr. Jones as CEO when there were only eight boys in residence served by 20 staff members, two permanent buildings and a temporary school structure.

Since 2000, YFT has expanded its 200 acre campus and four satellite locations providing services to children and families in crisis. YFT offers 10 residential homes, a 40,000 sq.’ nationally accredited secondary school and a diversified program which includes residential services for boys and girls,  Behavioral Health Services for children and adults through satellite offices in Prince William County and  Fairfax County which includes services for Therapeutic Foster Care. YFT also has launched Therapeutic Day Treatment programs in the Fairfax County Public School System and the Prince William County Public School System. As of 2016, YFT was annually serving in excess of 8,100 children and families.

YFT has become nationally accredited by the Council On Accreditation (NY, NY) and AdvancED (Atlanta, GA.).

In addition to his leadership at YFT, Dr. Jones also serves on the Boards of private providers of social, educational and behavioral services: Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF President, 2014-2018), Virginia Coalition of Private Providers Association (Vice President, 2014-2018) and the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE Chairman, 2009 & 2010). Also, he serves on the Board of Regents for Leadership Prince William. 

Prior to his service with YFT, Dr. Jones served in the Ronald Reagan Administration as the U.S. Under Secretary of Education from 1982-1985 and as Acting Secretary in early 1985.  From 1985-1988, he served as the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, a non-profit organization created to build and sustain the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Santa Barbara, CA. 

A Northern Virginia resident, he also served seven years on the Fairfax County School Board and was its Chairman from 1992-1995.  He served two terms on the Virginia State Board of Education. 

A Michigan native, Jones graduated from Albion College and received his Master’s in Education Administration in 1969 and Doctorate in Administration & Higher Education from Michigan State University in 1975.