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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 6, 2004

Jones Recognized For Efforts To Expand Educational Opportunities

Phillip E. Jones, University of Iowa vice president of student services and dean of students, has been honored by the Commission on Human Rights and Social Change of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) to honor his work in increasing higher educational opportunities for minorities and the disadvantaged.

Jones received the commission's Distinguished Service Award at the association's annual meeting Nov. 14 in San Diego.

"Universally recognized as the consummate professional," the award's citation reads, "Dr. Jones has distinguished himself as an educator, counselor, coach, athletic trainer, program director and university administrator."

The NASULGC points out that Jones is the founding director of the UI program to increase enrollment of disadvantaged and minority students, and that the training program for minority administrators he developed at UI became the model for a similar program in the U.S. Office of Education.

Jones attended Tilden High School in Chicago before earning his bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1963. He received his master's degree in physical education and a Ph.D. in student development and higher education from the University of Iowa.

He is the founding director of the UI's Office of Support Services Programs and has consulted extensively on developing equal opportunity in higher education.

Founded in 1887, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) is the nation's oldest higher education association. A voluntary association of public universities, land-grant institutions and many of the nation's public university systems, NASULGC campuses are located in all 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to supporting excellence in teaching, research and public service, NASULGC has been in the forefront of educational leadership nationally for over a century.

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