Mizel Museum's 2012 Community Enrichment Award Honoree Has Extra-Long History Making a Difference

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Award to Recognize Glenn R. Jones’ Four Decades of Awards & Achievements

Glenn R. Jones

Glenn R. Jones

“Glenn Jones’ list of achievements, honors and good deeds is a mile long,” said Ellen Premack, executive director of the Mizel Museum. “We’ll try to keep the program at the annual dinner short, but it’s going to be difficult."

When the Mizel Museum chose to honor Glenn R. Jones with the 2012 Community Enrichment Award and asked for his list of achievements, they didn’t expect a four-page resume that might make Bill Gates look like an underachiever. Jones’ list of accomplishments includes dozens of successful business and humanitarian endeavors, groundbreaking inventions, multiple business holdings, award-winning documentary and motion picture production, and far-reaching investments, and he’s been on the receiving end of multiple honors and awards.

Jones is a businessman, inventor, founder, humanitarian, visionary, honoree, hall-of-famer, author, educator, poet, volunteer, and even a man of the year. His short list of successful business endeavors includes founding Jones Intercable, Jones International University (JIU), Jones Knowledge Group, Jones e-global Library, and Jones International, Ltd., among others. He is a pioneer in the world of distance and online education, having spent four decades extending the reach of technology, first by bringing cable television to American homes and later by fusing education with the Internet to deliver global educational opportunities.

With JIU, Jones coupled his expertise in communications technology with his desire to “democratize” education by making it as widely available as possible. The first fully online university to receive accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, JIU has garnered recognition including a ranking as one of the top five of the best online universities in the world, according to the Global Academy Online.

Jones was involved early in the technology revolution. In the 1980s and 1990s, he created new technology businesses in the fields of compression, digital encryption, and satellite receivers. He founded Jones Cyber Solutions in the mid-1990s to provide state-of-the-art customer management software solutions to telecommunications companies around the world.

Locally, Jones serves on the board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Colorado Institute of Technology, the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology, and he is a lifetime trustee of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. On the national level, he has served on the boards of C-SPAN, The Cable Center, the National Alliance of Business, and the American Society for Training and Development. As one of the founding members of the James Madison National Council, a private advisory board to the Library of Congress, Jones serves on the Steering Committee and is Chair of the Education Committee.

Jones’ list of educational achievements is impressive. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Allegheny College and a juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law. He completed the executive program at Stanford Business School and is the recipient of several honorary doctorate degrees. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

Jones is the author of several books including Cyberschools, An Education Renaissance, Free Market Fusion, Make All America a School and Briefcase Poetry of Yankee Jones Volumes I, II, and III. He has produced numerous award-winning documentaries, motion pictures and CD-ROMs, has been inducted into three halls of fame, received the National Boy Scouts Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, the Golden Plate Award, the 2002 Humanitarian Award from the Denver Chapter of Volunteers of America, and the Colorado Law Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Colorado Law School, among others.

“Glenn Jones’ list of achievements, honors and good deeds is a mile long,” said Ellen Premack, executive director of the Mizel Museum. “We’ll try to keep the program at the annual dinner short, but it’s going to be difficult.”

Mizel Museum’s Community Enrichment Award is given annually to an individual who makes outstanding community contributions. It will be presented at the 22nd Annual Gala Dinner on May 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Boulevard, Denver. For information and reservations contact Ellen Premack at (303) 749-5011.

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About the Mizel Museum
The Mizel Museum, a three-site institution, is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Its exhibits, events and educational programs inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate diversity. Fine art, film, literature, drama, music, and technology offer interactive experiences that promote community, understanding and multiculturalism. The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL), a nonpartisan center whose mission is to empower citizens to help combat the threat of terrorism is located in the downtown cultural district. The CELL seeks to promote personal and community activism in order to help shape a better, safer world. Babi Yar Park is an open-air memorial to those lost in the Ukraine and elsewhere during the Holocaust. The Museum is located at 400 S. Kearney Street, Denver, where visitors can tour the new permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. For more information, visit http://www.mizelmuseum.org or http://www.thecell.org, or call 303-394-9993.

About Jones International University®, Ltd. (JIU®)
As the pioneer in online education, Jones International University, offers an unparalleled online educational experience that provides essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career advancers around the globe. JIU offers an array of online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the fields of business administration, education, and business communication and employs some of the greatest minds from many of the world’s leading universities.

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