Jay Jones

Jay Jones, vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has been named the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas.

Jones will be recognized at a formal reception during the fall conference of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges October 16-18 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

“This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled to receive it,” said Jones. “I certainly enjoyed my time at PCCUA and I am grateful to be recognized by what I believe is an outstanding institution.”

A native of Helena-West Helena, Jones earned an associate of applied science degree in data processing from PCCUA in 1984 and a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in 1986. A certified public accountant, Jones has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants since 1989.

Jones served one term as treasurer for the city of West Helena, was an adjunct instructor in personal finance at PCCUA and served as the institution’s chief financial officer before coming to UAM in 2006. He also served as CFO of the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis.

Jones recently completed a four-year term on the small institutions committee of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers and is the president-elect of the Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers.

Jones is a member of First Baptist Church in Monticello, where he currently serves as its chairman of deacons, a member of the finance committee, and a senior high boys Sunday School teacher. Jones and his wife, Karyn, have four children.