Cami Jones Gives UA $1M for Three Endowments

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 9:44 am   2 min read

University of Arkansas alumna Jean Cameron "Cami" Jones, the youngest daughter of Fay and Gus Jones, is donating $1 million to the Fay Jones School of Architecture & Design and University Libraries at UA.

Her gift will count toward Campaign Arkansas, the university's $1.25 billion capital campaign.

Half of Jones' gift will provide funding for the Fay & Gus Jones House Stewardship Endowment, an existing endowment in the Fay Jones School that supports the restoration, maintenance and preservation of the Fay & Gus Jones House.

The other half will be used to create two new endowments: the Fay Jones Distinguished Visitor Endowment and the Fay and Gus Jones Endowment in Special Collections.

The Distinguished Visitor Endowment will attract and appoint a Fay Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor and/or a Fay Jones Distinguished Lecturer annually.

The visiting professor will have been recognized nationally or internationally for his or her work in either architecture practice or education, and the lecturer will be chosen from the recognized list of AIA Gold Medalists or Pritzker Prize winners.

The other endowment will fund the digitization of selected pieces of the collection of Fay Jones, including papers, photographs and other documents, currently housed as part of the Special Collections Department at UA.

The fund will also support the stewardship, scholarly and educational use of the collection, which includes processing and preservation efforts.

Jones earned her bachelor's and master's degrees, both with an emphasis in elementary education, from the UA College of Education & Health Professions. She is retired from the Texas Education Agency, where she was the director of early childhood education.

Jones is also a life member of the Arkansas Alumni Association and is included in the Towers of Old Main, a giving society for the university’s most generous benefactors. She has made donations to UA for 10 consecutive years.



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