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Penn State Announces Passing of Terrell Jones, Educational Equity Vice Provost

by on August 19, 2014 1:19 PM

Terrell Jones, vice provost for educational equity at Penn State and a well-known expert on diversity issues has passed away, according to the university. He was 64.

Penn State University Executive Vice President and Provost Nicholas Jones made the announcement on the website for the Office of Educational Equality.

"It is with deep sorrow that I'm writing to inform you that our colleague and friend, Dr. Terrell Jones, Vice Provost for Educational Equity passed away this morning," says Nicholas Jones. "He will be greatly missed across the university not only for the impact of his contributions to Penn State, but also for simply the wonderful person that he was."

Terrell Jones had been on medical leave for the last few months. He is survived by his wife, Carla, and their children.

"I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work with Terrell Jones for nearly two decades at Penn State within the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity. Terrell was a dedicated colleague and friend who was committed to advancing the diversity initiatives and equity for faculty, staff and students at Penn State. He was also very passionate about transforming the lives and contributing to the success of our first-generation and low-income students. We were very fortunate to have had Terrell at Penn State for so many years and we certainly appreciate all of the contributions he has made in making our University a better place," said Marcus Whitehurst, acting vice provost for Educational Equity.

Terrell Jones was frequently sought to speak publicly about diversity issues and is "known in higher education for his unique agenda and knack for teaching people how to appreciate diversity," according to the university.

Terrell Jones was also a published author on the issue of cultural diversity and instructed courses on race relations and cross-cultural counseling. He was a board member of International Partnership for Service Learning and a diversity consultant for several Pennsylvania school districts and private sector organizations. He was also a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication for more than 10 years.

Terrell Jones also served as president of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education between March 2008 and February 2010. He earned both his master's and doctoral degrees at Penn State and a bachelor's degree at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

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