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Stronger Alumni Association is Jones’ Legacy

Two years ago, Laurence Jones, Bus ’00, became president of the UC Alumni Association’s volunteer Board of Governors. In his two-year term which ended this June 30, he led the organization with great passion, energy and effectiveness. Upon turning over his post to his successor, Troy Neat, Bus ’91, Jones reflected on his tenure as board president.

“I am overjoyed to have had the opportunity to serve my university,” Jones said. “During the last two years, we recruited a tremendous new UC Foundation president and UC VP for Development and Alumni Affairs in Rod Grabowski, and a terrific UCAA executive director in Jen Heisey. We better aligned the Foundation and Alumni Association under the UC Advancement banner. And we set a new standard for a bigger and better UC Distinguished Alumni Celebration each spring.”

As UC Foundation president and UC VP for Development and Alumni Affairs, Rod Grabowski has worked closely with Laurence and the UCAA board to integrate important alumni and development initiatives.

“Laurence has a passion for UC that flows into every aspect of his life. He is one of the proudest Bearcats I know,” Rod said. “His dedication to the success of the alumni association has enabled university-wide collaboration and inspired new ideas that will propel us into a future of great success. I can’t thank him enough for his service to his alma mater.” 

Jones’ involvement in the UCAA executive director search process and his role as board president were significant factors in Heisey’s decision to return to UC this spring.

“I was impressed by the leadership team that impacts our alumni relations efforts, from President Santa Ono and Provost Beverly Davenport at the university level to Rod and Laurence in Advancement,” Heisey said. “Laurence has been a passionate, committed volunteer leader who has made a huge difference for UC and our alumni, and his term as president has positioned us for great things going forward.”

Jones also said he was fortunate to have served on the selection committee that recommended the hiring of Ono as UC’s 28th president in the fall of 2012. Jones effectively built a productive and trusting relationship with Ono before and during Jones’ terms as board president, forging a stronger partnership between the university and the organization charged with engaging its 275,000 alumni worldwide.

“With Rod and Jen in place, the UC Alumni Association is in great hands and headed in a great direction,” Jones said.