Ross Jones retired as Vice President and Secretary of Johns Hopkins University in 2003, after more than four decades in the administration. He was a close associate of six of the university's presidents and five chairmen of the Board of Trustees. An alumnus of Johns Hopkins, he went on to earn a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. He worked briefly as a reporter on newspapers in Pennsylvania and New York before returning to his alma mater. He served three years in the U.S. Army.