July 01, 2004

Ed Jones honored by national housing association

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Edward L. Jones, director of housing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, received the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International James A. Hurd Award June 22 during the group's annual conference in Montreal.

Ed is providing terrific leadership in housing here and in the community and has for many years," said SIUC Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Larry H. Dietz.The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a person of color to both the association and the profession. The association, founded in 1951, has 5,800 members from 900 colleges and universities.

"He brings not only a strong local perspective to housing issues and needs, but because he serves on the association's national board, he brings a national perspective as well. I am delighted he's received recognition through such a distinguished international professional association."

Jones, who came to SIUC in 1987, manages residence hall facilities for 4,700 undergraduates and 250 graduates as well as 563 apartments for married students and single parents. In addition, he oversees residential life activities, food and conference services, and maintenance and custodial operations. University Housing employs 200 full-time staff and 600 students.

Jones is a two-degree graduate of Western Illinois University, earning his bachelor's in 1974 and a master's in 1975. He earned a master of business administration degree in 1986 from Illinois State University.