Academic administrator Frank Jones was born on November 9, 1928 in Greensboro, North Carolina to Dr. David D. and Susie W. Jones. His father had become the president of Bennett College two years before his birth. His mother was a homemaker who was very involved in her community. Her parents were graduates of Berea College in Kentucky during the late 1880s. In 1946, Jones graduated high school from Andover Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Jones graduated with his B.A. degree from Harvard College (Harvard University) in 1950. After serving two years in the military and a few years working at a bank, he attended Harvard Business School, receiving his M.B.A. degree in 1957.
After completing business school, Jones was employed at the Harvard Business School as the assistant dean until 1962. He then worked as a marketing manager executive for Scott Paper Company where he had a very promising career. However, Jones was approached by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President Howard W. Johnson and offered a job as assistant to the president at the school. He turned down that offer but accepted another job as assistant director of the Urban Systems Laboratory at MIT. Shortly thereafter, Jones was named Ford Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning and became the first African American tenured professor at the MIT in 1971. In addition to teaching civil engineering in the department of urban studies and planning, Jones was also actively involved on campus and within the larger community. He became director of the Whitney Young Program in 1971. This program was established through his department and allowed select local leaders to spend the equivalent of an academic year at MIT working with faculty on projects of special importance to them, their organizations or communities. Jones served on a committee to urge MIT to found the Office for Minority Education in 1974. The committee, comprised of faculty and students, wanted MIT to create that office whose mission was to recruit and retain minority students, implement programs to motivate academic performance, and to help minority students adjust to the MIT environment. In 1992, Jones retired and became professor emeritus at MIT.
Jones was active in the business community, joining numerous boards including The Corporation at Draper Laboratory, CIGNA and Connecticut General Insurance Corporation where Jones became the first African American board member. He generously supported charities including the Frank S. Jones Student Activity Fund at MIT which supported students working on community-based projects and activities.
Frank S. Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 19, 2011.
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Academic administrator Frank Jones (1928 - ) was the Ford Professor Emeritus of Urban Affairs and the first African American tenured professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frank Jones' interview
Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frank Jones talks about his father, David Jones, and his father's side of the family
Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Jones discusses his paternal grandparents, his mother and his mother's side of the family
Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Jones describes his maternal grandparents and his grandfather's education at Berea College
Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Jones describes his relationship with his maternal grandfather and his high school experience
Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Jones describes how his parents met, his siblings and their early life as a family
Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Jones talks about his father's work as president of Bennett College, and growing up on a college campus
Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Jones describes his extracurricular activities as a child and his elementary school education
Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Jones talks about his experience attending Andover Phillips Academy, in Massachusetts, part 1
Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Jones talks about joining the Phi Beta Chi secret society and serving as a student deacon at Andover Phillips Academy
Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Jones describes preparing for college and his family's legacy at Bennett College
Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Jones talks about his experience attending Harvard University
Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Jones describes himself as a student at Harvard, his course of study and classmates
Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Jones describes his experience as a member of the Hasty Pudding club as well as the notable graduates of Harvard University
Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Jones talks about his post-graduate activities and joining the U.S. Army
Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Jones recalls his discharge from the U.S. Army, his job search and attending Harvard Business School, as well as his marriage
Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Jones discusses going to work at Scott Paper Company
Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Jones discusses joining the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frank Jones talks about MIT's TRP - Technology, Race, and Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement
Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frank Jones describes conflicts in the administration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frank Jones discusses his attempts to combat racial disparities in the treatment of students at MIT
Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frank Jones describes leaving MIT to teach at Morehouse College
Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frank Jones talks about retiring, moving to Atlanta, Georgia and his resignation from the Board of Directors of CIGNA
Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frank Jones talks about the results of his resignation from the CIGNA Board of Directors
Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frank Jones discusses notable black professors
Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Frank Jones talks about his work at Morehouse College, Warren Buffett and the Coca-Cola Lecture Series
Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Frank Jones talks about how he would like to be remembered and his legacy