UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The late W. Terrell Jones, vice provost for Educational Equity at Penn State, was posthumously honored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' (APLU) Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) as a co-recipient of the CADE Distinguished Service Award.
The award, now in its 15th year, honors significant contributions to increasing diversity and access in public higher education.
As vice provost, Jones spearheaded the implementation of the University's strategic plan that embraces and supports diversity. He helped plan, develop, coordinate, articulate and advocate Penn State's goals, policies and procedures pertaining to equal opportunity for under-represented faculty, staff and students.
Jones is the first person honored posthumously by the APLU. He died on Aug. 19 after an extended illness.
Jones shares the CADE Distinguished Service Award with Emily Auerbach of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is the first tenured professor to be honored with the award.
Nick Jones, Penn State executive vice president and provost, recently accepted the award on Terrell Jones's behalf.
"Terrell Jones has left a legacy of extraordinary contributions to Penn State, and through his broader leadership, well beyond our institution," Jones said. "Throughout his career, Terrell profoundly influenced our way of thinking about and acting on diversity and inclusion, and his leadership will continue to guide us well into the future. We deeply appreciate this recognition of the breadth and depth of Terrell's impact, and are proud as his colleagues and family to thank CADE for this acknowledgment."
Terrell Jones served on the University's Forum on Black Affairs for a number of years and was its president from 1986 to 1987. He chaired the Equal Opportunity Planning Committee from 1989 to 1996 and was Penn State's representative for the Global Sullivan Principles from 2000 to 2005.
He was a major supporter of efforts to reach pre-college youth from diverse backgrounds.
Jones also was active in the community, serving as president of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (2008-10); as a member of the board of trustees of the International Partnership for Service Learning (2002-14); chairperson of the Centre County Advisory Council to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (1998-2014); and a member of the Lock Haven State University Foundation (1999-2014), the Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church Administrative Council (1990-2014), among others.
Jones was the author or co-author of several book chapters on the subject of cultural diversity. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education at Penn State, and taught courses on race relations and cross-cultural counseling.
He was a board member of International Partnership for Service Learning and was a diversity consultant for several Pennsylvania school districts and private sector organizations. He was a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication for more than 10 years and regularly presented workshops on strategic planning for diversity in higher education and racial and cultural identity.
He was awarded the Way Pavers Award in 2012 for contributing to and supporting diversity initiatives at Penn State. He is also a member of the James B. Stewart Society, a giving society in the Office of Educational Equity. In October, he was honored as an Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Founded in 1887, the APLU is a research, policy and advocacy organization representing 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems and affiliated organizations. It is North America's oldest higher education association.