Centre County and all people near and far — church members, Penn State staff, faculty, administrators, students, other colleges and universities, parents, corporations, children, teens and adults — lost a very good, humble, wise and understanding man Aug. 19.
On that day, W. Terrell Jones, longtime vice provost for educational equity at Penn State, lost his battle with cancer.
I worked with Jones for many years. He was a compassionate and true father, husband, friend, teacher, administrator and highly successful diversity speaker, planner and writer.
He traveled far and wide to help people understand and accept persons of different gender, age, color, race, national origin, disability or handicap, religion, sex and sexual orientation. He lived by the lessons he taught. He could always make his audiences, friends, students and co-workers listen, laugh and have a good time while learning about differences and acceptance.
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His job was not an easy one, but he was always willing to share his knowledge and expertise with anyone who found themselves in difficult situations. Through Jones’ guidance and inherent ability to “calm the waters,” many issues were often eliminated or quickly defused.
Working with him was very rewarding. I so respected this man who did so much for others, never thinking of himself.
We all lost a very special man who is deeply missed by all who knew him.