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Dr. Bill Jones Honored at

Chapel Service

Applause thundered in Shortess Chapel

on April 18 as students, faculty, friends

and family gathered to honor and thank

outgoing CIU President Dr. Bill Jones for his

leadership, vision and service to CIU over

the last 10 years.

Resolutions honoring Jones were

presented by representatives of South

Carolina Independent Colleges and

Universities (SCICU) and the South Carolina

General Assembly.

“We will miss the advice and counsel of

a fellow board member, counsellor and

friend,” said Mike LeFever, president of

SCICU. “We are glad you’re not going far.”

State Sen. Darrell Jackson, a CIU alumnus,

said he has “never met a leader like Bill

Jones anywhere, not even at the White


Jones served five years as chairman of the

board at Ben Lippen School, the Pre-K to

12th grade ministry of CIU. Ben Lippen

Board member Renee Brooks thanked

Jones for his service

“His leadership style can be summed up

in one word: relationships,” Brooks said.

“We have been unified as a board under

his leadership and are grateful for his past

support and commitment to us, as well as

his future support.”

The CIU student

body also thanked

Jones, an avid

hunter, with an elk

knife as a token of


“President Jones

always remembers

everyone’s name

on campus,” junior

Heather Hoopes

said. “He has

always challenged,

encouraged and

inspired me.”

Michael Crapps, president and CEO

of First Community Bank referred to

Jones as a man of integrity saying,

“If (Dr. Jones) has a motive, it’s to

serve God and bring glory to God by

serving men.”

Mayor Benjamin thanked Jones for

his service to others, comparing him

to the prophet Isaiah who trembled

with fear before a holy and just God.

Benjamin noted that when the Lord

said, “Whom shall I send?” Isaiah

answered. “Here am I. Send me!”

The loving smile of Jones’ wife

Debby, the affectionate hugs of his granddaughter Aubrey, and the warm

handshakes of each man and woman in attendance attested to these sentiments.

In the words of Starbucks District Manager Solon Flowers, “He’s one the most

genuine men I’ve ever known. You realize after forming a relationship with Dr.

Jones, that it’s truly who he is every day.”

While words of appreciation poured out for Jones, he had plenty of his own to


“This morning I was reading in I Thessalonians 5:11, and the verse jumped off

the page. ‘Encourage one another and build up one another just as you also

are doing.’ I want to thank each and every one of you for encouraging me and

building me up, for which I’m very grateful,” Jones said.

“And Mr. Mayor, this [Key to the City] is icing on the cake.”

“He has infused leadership, vision, church planting,

and Bible study efforts among different people groups,

really targeting the leadership of Columbia, and it

filters down to each and every aspect of our city. ”

– CIU Professor Dr. Andre Rogers, friend of Dr. Bill Jones

Dozens gathered at Columbia City Hall to

see their friend Bill Jones receive the Key

to the City. (Photo courtesy of the City of


Dr. Bill Jones and his wife Debby

bow their heads as CIU Professor

Dr. Andre Rogers leads in Prayer.

The grandchildren of

Dr. Bill Jones play under

the podium as Jones

addresses the student

body, family and friends.


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