Dr. Mautra Staley Jones advances and elevates each institution she touches. Through her educational and community leadership, Dr. Jones has become one of the nation’s most sought out thought leaders.
On March 1, 2022, she became the 11th President of Oklahoma City Community College, the fourth largest institution of higher education in the state of Oklahoma. With her appointment, Dr. Jones made history becoming both the first woman and the first person of color to serve as President of the College which serves 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).
Beyond her professional life, she is an active and engaged member of the community, providing leadership to various corporate, civic and charitable organizations.
Dr. Jones has been appointed by Governors Kevin Stitt and Mary Fallin as a board director for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, a commissioner for the Oklahoma Merit Protection Commission, and as 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 as a board director for BancFirst and BancFirst Corporation; South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce; American Mothers, Inc., Oklahoma Hall of Fame, StitchCrew, Oklahoma Philharmonic Society, Oklahoma Watch, and Leadership Oklahoma City’s Alumni Association.
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.