Regan Jones

Director, Innovation Academy

Director, Innovation Academy
Office
110H Bond Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone
574-631-8273

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Biography

In 2022, Regan Jones was appointed interim director for Innovation Academy. In this role, he works closely with University and industry partners to promote a culture of innovation and intrapreneurship.

Regan was named Notre Dame’s director for military and veterans affairs in 2017. In this capacity, he heads the Office of Military & Veterans Affairs (OMVA) and provides strategic direction on behalf of the provost for the University’s veteran and military-related programs. This includes working closely with faculty, administrators, and staff to create, manage, and coordinate initiatives in support of military-connected students and their families. 

Prior to his appointment in the OMVA, Regan was a senior manager on the academic advancement team, leading task forces for emerging projects that required organizational and operational change in order to advance new innovative initiatives across campus units. Regan came to Notre Dame in 2014, when he joined the ROTC Department as an assistant professor of naval science with a secondary appointment in the First Year of Studies. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he was the director of operations for Notre Dame’s ROTC departments and managed a number of programs that focused on academics, leadership, physical fitness, and community involvement.

As a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, Regan advances priorities for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) to generate new solutions and accelerate the adoption of leading commercial technology throughout the military, and grow the national security innovation base.

During his military career, Regan completed combat deployments to Iraq and non-combat deployments to the Indo-Pacific theater of operations (Japan, Thailand, and Philippines). When not deployed overseas, he was involved in all aspects of Marine Corps training and education, including the development and execution of both tactical and technical curricula.

Regan received numerous awards and honors for his military service, most notably the Purple Heart Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the General John A. Lejeune Award for inspirational leadership.

He and his wife, Mary, along with their three children, reside in the South Bend area, where he is a member of the board of directors for the YMCA of Michiana. 

Education

A former Division I athlete, Regan holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University at Albany and an MBA from Florida State University, and is a graduate of the President George W. Bush Institute Leadership Program.