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JACK H. JONES
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  The founder of the 60 year old Florida Association of Postsecondary Colleges and Schools. FAPSC was a pioneer forging the path of private, postsecondary state licensing, and a played an important role to bring national accreditation to the forefront.

Jack’s greatest immeasurable contribution was as a mentor he continually taught others how to do things effectively and correctly.

Jack grew up completely ensconced in a training environment as his mother’s school operated from a single boarding house where she lived and worked. Early in his life, Jack understood two immutable principles about our business, learned from his mother and unswervingly practiced until his death. We ethically serve two clients, students and employers, and students must come first. Those principles come before a profit.

Beginning in 1945, Jack began to transfer the small business school to a non-profit organization. Mrs. Jones’ school morphed to Jones Business College and then to Jones College, bringing junior college of business accreditation in 1960 and senior college of business accreditation by 1971.

With other pioneering Florida peers, Jack was instrumental in founding our present statewide association, the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Jack is remembered as the chief steward for what we know today as Florida’s Commission for Independent Education (CIE). His highlights of national service found Jack as Chair of the National Advisory Committee of Student Financial Aid and chair for a national accrediting agency. There are numerous boards and associations who were the direct beneficiaries of Jack’s service.

Equality and diversity were Jack’s focus just as with his pioneering peers. We all know that social justice, open access to training and educational opportunities have been practiced continually in our sector, this long before the series of Civil Rights Enactments.

Two major events happened in 1912…the sinking of the Titanic and the birth of a titanic personality, that personality adding so very much to our private, postsecondary traditions and oversight today.

 
 
       
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