Mar 1, 2023
My guest this week is Greg Jones, president of
Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. A celebrated speaker,
author, educator and business leader, Greg believes in supporting
communities through hope-inspired leadership and instilling a sense
of purpose and entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation.
Greg speaks all throughout the Middle Tennessee area
and beyond on a variety of related topics and is excited about his
work across campus and throughout the Nashville community. Under
Greg’s leadership, Belmont is furthering its efforts to become the
leading Christ-centered University in the world, radically
championing the pursuit of life abundant for all people.
5:01 – Greg 101
- Greg comes from a family of preachers and jokes
that he didn’t know he had a choice to be anything else.
- Two years ago, he got a call asking if he’d be
interested in leading Belmont University.
- Character, purpose and an entrepreneurial mindset –
those are all passions of his.
12:35 – Let hope abound
- He asks Belmont students to call him “Greg.”
- He uses the phrase, “Let hope abound,” to account
for the realities of the day while still staying hopeful and
relying on God.
16:30 – A theme of innovation
- Greg has a propensity towards innovation and is
cultivating relationships across the globe.
- Hope and purpose are both oriented toward the
future, and so is innovation. They’re also connected to the
- He coined the term “traditioned innovation” and
says the best innovation draws on the best of the past.
23:36 – Mental health
- The pandemic caused people to be isolated, and
their mental health declined.
- Greg wants to get to the deeper issues and help
students who are struggling.
39:39 – Spreading stories
- Greg wants Belmont to spread good stories and help
educate a younger generation about the difference they can make in
43:18 – Get to know you
- The last thing that made him laugh? A video from
one of his granddaughters.
- The last thing that made him cry? Visiting a friend
who is now in hospice care.
I come from a family of preachers. When people asked
me why I went into the ministry, I said, “It’s the family business.
I didn't know I had a choice.”
Character, purpose and an entrepreneurial mindset –
those are all passions of mine.
I coined the term that I call “traditioned
innovation” to say that the best of innovation draws on the best of
We need to be nurturing imagination and recovering
that bigger sense of who we are.