Gary L. Jones, Ph.D.

Gary L. Jones, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr.Gary Jones became CEO of Youth for Tomorrow in 1996 having previously served the youth homes for eight years in a consulting capacity to the Board of Trustees on all corporate matters.  

His first summer, there were eight boys in residence, two permanent buildings and a temporary school structure.  The annual operating budget, never balanced in 11 years before Dr. Jones’ arrival, was $800,000. Today, Youth For Tomorrow has a modern $6 million academic center, a residential capacity for 122 boys and girls living in seven homes spread across a 200 acre campus, serves over 1,000 children each year through its six Behavioral Health Service programs located in YFT’s Woodbridge office and has four Memorandums of Understanding with the Prince William County Public School System to deliver specialized behavioral services to several hundred of its children. YFT’s budget has been balanced in 17 of Dr. Jones’ 18 years as CEO. The budget now approaches $19M. annually.

In addition to his leadership at YFT, Dr. Jones also serves on the boards of private providers of social services: Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF President, 2014-2015), Virginia Coalition of Private Providers Association (Vice President, 2014-2015) 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 as the U.S. Undersecretary 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.

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 Masters in Education Administration in 1969 and Doctorate in Administration & Higher Education from Michigan State University in 1975.