HARTFORD, CT, January 14, 2014 – The MetroHartford Alliance, the leading business and economic development organization in Greater Hartford, Tuesday presented Trinity President James F. Jones, Jr. with its Rising Star Award for his 10 years of “outstanding service and leadership” to the College, the city and the region.
Formed in 2001, the MetroHartford Alliance grew out of a merger of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce and the MetroHartford Economic Growth Council. It counts more than 1,000 businesses, municipalities and organizations among its members, and its mission is “to compete aggressively and successfully for jobs, talent and capital for the Hartford Region while ensuring that the region is positioned as a premier location for people to live, work and raise families.”
Jones, who is retiring on June 30 after a decade at Trinity’s helm, was presented with the stunning glass triangular award – topped by a gold-colored rising star – by Oz Griebel, president and CEO of the Alliance at its monthly breakfast meeting at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.
Also present was Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, who delivered his annual State of the City address. Segarra congratulated Jones and acknowledged Trinity’s outstanding partnership with the city, particularly in programs that benefit families and children.
“Its roots are very deep and the potential is limitless in how Trinity can be involved in many aspects of the city and helping the city move forward,” Segarra commented after the meeting.
In presenting the award to Jones, Griebel said it was in recognition of the many contributions Jones has made to the Alliance and to the city as a whole.
In addition to being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alliance, Jones is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education (and served as its chairman from 2008 through 2010); a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mark Twain House and Museum; a corporator of the Hartford Public Library; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation; a member of the Executive Committee of the Southside Neighborhood Institutions Association (SINA); a member of the Board of Electors of the Wadsworth Atheneum; and a member of the Board of Conservators of Hartford Hospital. Jones is also a supporter of Achieve Hartford! (an independent, nonprofit organization that focuses on student achievement and reform in the Hartford Public Schools) and Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART).
In accepting the Rising Star Award, Jones said he was doing so with “great personal humility and professional pride.”
Noting that Trinity is the only major highly selective liberal arts college in a capital city, Jones said the College provides students who desire to attend school in an urban area with “a unique perspective.”
“Hartford makes Trinity a remarkable place,” Jones noted.
Jones began his appointment as Trinity’s 21st president on July 1, 2004, after having served as the president of Kalamazoo College in Michigan. During his tenure, he oversaw the multi-million dollar renovation of the Long Walk whose buildings comprise Trinity’s signature architectural appearance, as well as renovation of the Gates Quadrangle, the Mather dining facilities, Trinity Commons and Vernon Social. He guided the College’s largest capital campaign in its 180-year history, oversaw the expansion of Trinity’s study-abroad programs and helped launch the Center for Urban and Global Studies. In addition to his role as president, Jones is Trinity College Professor in the Humanities.
Photos by John Atashian.