Superior Court Judge Jones to speak at BFSO luncheon

Superior Court Judge Steven C. Jones to speak at annual BFSO luncheon

Athens, Ga.- Steven C. Jones, a superior court judge in Georgia’s Western Judicial Circuit, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Georgia Black Faculty and Staff Organization’s sixth annual Founders Award Luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m., Sept. 9 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.

Former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller appointed Jones, an Athens-Clarke County native who earned bachelor of business administration and juris doctor degrees from UGA, to his post in 1995. He has served with distinction ever since.

“I’ll be talking about using the resources and the talents that are available from people at the university and from community involvement to enable a lot of young people to see all the opportunities and things can be done by allowing them to see what’s been already accomplished,” Jones said. “I think that it’s very important that young people have good examples, and there are no better examples than those people who will be sitting in that room when I talk to the Black Faculty and Staff Organization.”

Jones can speak of community involvement and education from first-hand perspective. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Western Circuit Bar Association. He also chairs the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission and is a Fellow of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia Inc. Jones is a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Equality and the American Judges Association.

He also serves on the boards of the Athens Rotary Club, Hope Haven, Georgia Children’s Choir, Piedmont College, St. Mary’s Health Care, Athens Academy, the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts of Northeast Georgia.

“He was the ideal candidate because he embodies civic achievement and community involvement,” said Mark Dawkins, president of the BFSO and associate dean for academic programs in the Terry College of Business. “We are extremely pleased to have an Athens native and UGA alumnus bring this year’s message to the Athens and UGA community. We can all learn from his example of true leadership.”

Proceeds from the luncheon directly benefit the scholarship program which honors students who show outstanding leadership and scholarship at the university. Tickets for the luncheon are $30 per seat or $240 per table of eight. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Deborah Strong at dstrong@rx.uga.edu.