Para Jones to speak at Akron Press Club April 19

Stark State College President Dr. Para Jones will speak at the Akron Press Club on Wednesday, April 19. Lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m. and the program will follow. There will be the opportunity for questions.
Jones became Stark State College’s fourth president in 2012. Under her leadership Stark State opened an Akron branch to serve students in Summit County.
Prior to becoming president of Stark State, Jones was president of Spartanburg Community College in South Carolina. There she led an effort to open a new campus in downtown Spartanburg. Jones also worked with students to charter the college’s Beta Sigma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa national honorary for two-year colleges.
Jones spent 22 years at Stark State before going to Spartanburg. She served for several years as vice president overseeing donor relations, marketing and communications, grants administration and student services.
She received the 2013 Greater Stark County ATHENA Leadership Award for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women and men in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Jones holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska, MBA from Ashland University and bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Mount Union.
She and her husband, Greg, live in Canton.

Program: Stark State College President Dr. Para Jones.
Time: Luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 19. Program follows.
Place: Quaker Station, 135 South Broadway (free parking behind the building).
· $20 for Press Club members, $25 for non-members.
· Advance payment required for tables of eight.
· $25 for all reservations made after Friday, April 14 (members & non-members).
Reservations requested: Click here for fast and easy online reservations or contact Lianne Fowler, Press Club administrator, at 330-552-8860 or Cash or check only accepted day of luncheon.
Reservation deadline: Noon, Friday, April 14.
Cancellations: Cancellation requests must be received no later than 48 hours before the event. After that time, there will be no refunds and an invoice will be issued for payment.

Upcoming events:
· State of Summit County speech by Executive Ilene Shapiro, fall 2017.

The Akron Press Club was founded in 1971 to promote a free press and serve local journalists and public relations professionals. The group has a rich heritage of offering newsmakers a forum to discuss issues of the day at Press Club luncheons and speaking events that are open to the public. The club also funds scholarships for journalists and public relations students and sponsors annual fundraising and community outreach events. Visit for membership information.