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Panelist Highlight: Dr. Mautra Staley Jones


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We are thrilled to announce Dr. Mautra Staley Jones, the 11th President of Oklahoma City Community College, as one of our panelists for the 2023 Women In Leadership Conference.

With her appointment in 2022, Dr. Jones made history, becoming the first woman and the first person of color to serve as President of the College, serving over 17,000 students. Her appointment also made Oklahoma history as she is the first African American female to serve as president of any institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma that is not an HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

Dr. Jones advances and elevates each institution she touches. Dr. Jones has become one of the nation’s most sought-after thought leaders through her educational and community leadership.

She became the 11th President of Oklahoma City Community College, the fourth largest institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma, in 2022, and already her impact can be felt everywhere.

She is also an active and engaged community member, providing leadership to various corporate, civic, and charitable organizations.

Governors Kevin Stitt and Mary Fallin appointed Dr. Jones as a board director for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, a commissioner for the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, and a member of the Oklahoma standards steering committee. Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt appointed her to the Civic Center Foundation’s board of directors.

Additionally, she serves on the board of a number of local community organizations.

She is a board advisor to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, a Salt and Light Leadership (SALLT) Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City (Class XXIX), and a member of the second cohort of the MSI Aspiring Leaders Program at Rutgers University. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., VEST, Rotary Club 29, Oklahoma County Bar Auxiliary, and Visionary Women of Oklahoma (VOW).

Dr. Jones was recently inducted into the Oklahoma African American Educators Hall of Fame. She has been named Woman of the Year by 405 Magazine, The Journal Record, Perry Publishing and Broadcasting, and With Love OKC. She was named the 2021 National Mother of the Year, 2021 Oklahoma Mother of the Year, and 2012 Oklahoma Mother of Achievement by American Mothers, Inc. She has also been honored as an Achiever Under 40 by The Journal Record, OKC Biz, and Oklahoma Magazine, among other noteworthy achievements.

Dr. Jones holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix at San Diego, and an Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University. She is married to United States District Judge Bernard M. Jones II, and they are the proud parents of three children: Bernard III, Kennedy, and Brendan.

As we delve into everything it means to us to EVOLVE, we can’t wait to hear Dr. Jones’ insight and wisdom gained through her work, experiences, and community involvement.


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