Gospel Music Icon Dr. Bobby Jones Named Ambassador of Caribbean Island Near Puerto Rico

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Gospel music icon Dr. Bobby Jones was named ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica, a large island near Puerto Rico.

Gospel music icon Dr. Bobby Jones who is often referred to as the “goodwill ambassador of gospel music” was recently named ambassador of a different kind. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica appointed Jones to the post of ambassador at large of the Caribbean island country.

Appointed to a three-year term, Jones assumed his responsibilities as ambassador of Dominica last January. According to an official Dominica government document signed by Skerrit, Jones is “authorized to negotiate on Dominica’s behalf (in the) procurement and financing of projects with the potential for carrying forward the economic and infrastructural development program of the government of Dominica.” Jones was recommended for the job after meeting with several of Dominica’s cabinet members and discussing the need for increased tourism and economic growth in the small country. Moreover, Dominica’s government officials were particularly impressed with Jones’ charitable work in the United States with the American Heart Association, the Diabetes Association and the Lupus Foundation.

Internationally known for his outstanding contributions to the gospel music industry, Jones will utilize his effectiveness as a TV and radio personality to encourage potential investors and financiers to explore investment opportunities in Dominica. “Through the medium of television, radio and personal appearances, I will be able to get the message of my assignment to the masses,” said Jones in an acceptance letter to Skerrit. “I will work very hard to make a real contribution as ambassador at large,” promised Jones who accepted the post as a working position and not an honorary one.

Jones is the ingenious creator and host of Black Entertainment Television’s longest running program “Bobby Jones Gospel” which created an ideal platform for gospel music artists to obtain television exposure and gain access to other TV programming. Airing on BET for more than 25 years, Jones’ national program continues to garner the network’s highest Nielson ratings and remains incomparable among its competitors. Additionally, Jones is producer of BET’s “Video Gospel” and is founder of the “The Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat,” a bi-annual event focusing on industry concerns and growth. He also produces the TV shows “Bobby Jones Presents” and “Bobby Jones Gospel Classics,” on The Word Network airing in 130 nations. His radio shows, “The Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown” and “The Bobby Jones Radio Show” can be heard weekly on Sheridan Gospel Network. Having made a tremendous impact in gospel music, Jones is hopeful of any positive influence he can affect in Dominica.

Dominica is one of the largest of a chain of islands in the Caribbean near Puerto Rico. The last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europeans, France ceded possession of Dominica to Great Britain in 1763. It was not until 1978 that Dominica received its independence from Great Britain. With a population today of more than 70,000, Dominica’s economy thrives primarily from bananas and agriculture.

Jones, who resides in Nashville, received a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Reading from Tennessee State University and a doctorate in Curriculum Leadership from Vanderbilt University. He does not currently have a residence in Dominica.

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