Bill Jones Elected to Young Harris College Board of Trustees | New
YOUNG HARRIS, GA – At the last board meeting, the Young Harris College board elected William B. “Bill” Jones as the new trustee.
William B. “Bill” Jones is the CEO of the Jones Petroleum Company in Butts County. What started out as a small retail market has grown into a national group of companies in various industries. Jones’ main business is petroleum, but he has many other businesses. He and his family are involved in retail, convenience and fast food operations, and other forms of work with grocery stores, construction, and insurance.
Jones is a former teacher and superintendent in Butts County and was once Georgia’s youngest superintendent. Jones was elected to a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1976, and he served eight years in the Georgia General Assembly. He opened his own law firm the year he was elected to the House, while continuing to develop his oil business.
Jones grew up in Butts County with 1963 graduate Paul Beckham who was a longtime administrator of Young Harris College and a key figure in companies such as Turner Advertising. Jones received his BA from the University of Georgia in 1966, an MBA in 1970, and his JD from Atlanta Law School in 1973. He was called to the bar in 1974.
Jones is married to Martha Jones and they both reside in Jackson. Jones paved the way for his family in Georgian politics. Burt Jones, the youngest son of Bill and Martha, is now a Georgia state senator in addition to having started and developed the Jones Petroleum insurance company. Bryan Jones, Bill and Martha’s oldest son, oversees construction, maintenance and transportation for the Jones Petroleum Company. His daughter Natalie Jones oversees the company’s retail, fast food and convenience operations. While Jones Petroleum has grown tremendously over the years, Jones is proud of the fact that it remains a family business.
Jones looks forward to devoting much time and effort to the institution of Young Harris College in his role as a Trustee.
“Bill’s business acumen will be an asset to Young Harris College,” said Dr. Drew L. Van Horn, President of Young Harris College. “We are delighted that he is joining the board of directors. ”
Young Harris College is a private bachelor’s and master’s degree institution located in the beautiful mountains of northern Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through an education that deliberately integrates liberal arts and professional studies. The college has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; social science; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and professional studies. Over 1,400 students are enrolled in its Residential and Early College programs. The college is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce contender for the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit yhc.edu.