July 27, 2011– Fort Valley State’s Public Service Center – located in the Evans Building on Fort Valley’s historic Main Street—is the university’s nexus with the local Peach County community. The center, which upholds President Larry E. Rivers’ vision ofcommuniversity (FVSU giving back to the community), gives Fort Valley citizens its’ all. There, the University Today Scholars’ program helps high school students earn college credit; the Rural Business Outreach Institute gives entrepreneurs a leg up against their competition through economic advice; and the facility’s community-service and revitalization projects gives local residents much-needed assistance.
Now, a new leader will ensure the Public Service Center continues its mission. The university recently named Charles E. Jones as the new director. In addition to overseeing the center, Jones will work as assistant legal counsel, advising the FVSUFoundation, Inc. He will also act as the executive director of the Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit corporation that is partnering with FVSU, to help local residents with housing and urban development.
Jones, a Missouri native, is an alumnus of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned a bachelor’s in Business and Public Administration and a master’s in Public Administration. He later obtained a law degree from Georgia State University.
After college in 1994, Jones, and his wife, Mary Jo Oliver-Jones, launched a Fort Valley law practice. That same year, Fort Valley named him city attorney. In 2000,Marshallville, Ga. appointed Jones its city attorney.
Today, Jones provides cogent legal advice for Crisp County concerning landfill matters, and is a certified mediator and arbitrator. The seasoned attorney argued cases before every court level in the state, including Georgia’s Supreme Court.
Jones is currently a member of the Peach County Bar Association, the Mount DeSalesBoard of Directors, Kay Community School Board of Directors, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Jones and his wife have three sons. He enjoys playing golf in his spare time.
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