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Garth Nelson and Marie Clegg Jones and Family Scholarship

Dr. Garth N. Jones

Dr. Garth N. Jones was born Feb. 25, 1925.

Dr. Jones was the founding dean of the College of Business and Public Policy (1974-1979). He joined the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall of 1973 as a professor of public administration and political science.

Dr. Jones has had extensive international experience in South and Southeast Asia, the Far East, the Pacific Basin and the Caribbean region. He has held positions with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations, the World Bank and the Ford Foundation.

He was a Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan and a Senior Scholar at the East West Center in Hawaii. He has held academic positions at both United States and foreign universities including Brigham Young University (BYU), University of Southern California, Colorado State University and (foreign) University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; University of the Punjab, Pakistan; and Chengchi University, Taiwan. He was a visiting fellow at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

Dr. Jones has widely published nearly 300 articles, book reviews, monographs and books. His primary interest is development administration and policy with emphasis on planned change.

Since being awarded emeritus status in 1987, he has held visiting positions at several universities including the University of Utah, Utah State University and The Romney Institute of Public Management. The Graduate School of Management at BYU in 2004 established the endowed Garth N. Jones Writing Award. He continues to write, publish and lecture in his areas of interest, which include Islamic affairs in South and Southeast Asia. He consults with the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations, among other agencies.

Marie Clegg Jones

Verda Marie Clegg Jones was born on Oct. 8, 1921, in Roosevelt, Utah, to Luke and Dolly Clegg. She was schooled in Roosevelt, Utah, and graduated from Provo High School in 1939. Marie married Garth N. Jones, a foreign service officer and university professor/administrator, on Sept. 29, 1950.

Mrs. Jones enrolled at Brigham Young University in 1947. While there, she was a delegate to the Young Republican National Federation. She was also chosen to be the at-large delegate for the Young Republican League of Utah. Jones was a member of the Pep Rally Committee, and was the only woman on the Men’s Varsity Debate Team, for which she received a Block Y Student Service Award in 1948. Mrs. Jones graduated from BYU in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary instruction.

From 1964-1969, the Jones’ family lived in Lahore, Pakistan, where Mrs. Jones taught the first university co-ed course at the University of the Punjab. She also instructed high level government officials at the National Institute of Public Administration. Mrs. Jones was elected president of the American Women’s Club, the most prestigious and visible position for American Women in Lahore. In that role, she frequently represented the United States in Pakistan, raised money for charitable projects, and organized cultural events for the American community.

In early September 1973, Dr. and Mrs. Jones drove a Ford Pinto automobile from Provo, Utah, over the Alcan Highway to Anchorage. In Anchorage, Mrs. Jones held the position of circulation librarian at UAA’s library for 12 years. She loved the spectacular beauty of Alaska. She particularly enjoyed the incredible sunsets from her hillside home which was frequently visited by moose and sometimes bears. Mrs. Jones was an avid salmon fisherman. Her first catch was a 60-pound King salmon, nearly as long as her 4 feet, 10 inches height.

Marie Jones passed away in 2010.


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