Alum Visits Campus, Endows Leadership Programs

Chancellor Cheek and Clay Jones

Clay M. Jones visited campus on Nov. 30 to participate in the Accomplished Alumni program. Jones spoke to a group of student leaders at events in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy on campus. He also spoke to faculty and students in UT’s Executive MBA Program.

Jones is the president and CEO of Rockwell Collins Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rockwell designs, produces, markets, and supports communication and aviation electronics for commercial, military, and government customers, and is the U.S. Army’s leading provider of handheld global positioning systems (GPS). The company is No. 24 on BusinessWeek’s annual list of the 50 best performing companies.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science in 1971. He attributes all of his success to his leadership development at UT, including involvement in Phi Delta Theta and ROTC. While at UT Knoxville, Jones was recognized as a Torchbearer, the highest honor given to undergraduate students at UT.

Jones and his wife, Debbie, have donated a $1 million endowment toward leadership programming provided by the Office of Student Orientation & Leadership Development.

Pictured above: Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek (l) and Clay M. Jones (r)

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