Mizel Museum Honors Glenn R. Jones with 2012 Community Enrichment Award

DENVER (November 9, 2011) - The Mizel Museum is pleased to announce Glenn R. Jones as the recipient of its 2012 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding community contributions, the Mizel Museum Community Enrichment Award will be presented at the 22nd Annual Gala Dinner on May 23, 2012. As the 2012 honoree, Jones will join the list of notable past recipients including Sharon Magness Blake, Dean Singleton, Norman Brownstein, Anna and John Sie, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

Glenn R. Jones is the founder of Jones International University and chairman and chief executive officer of Jones Knowledge Group, Jones e-global Library, and Jones International, Ltd. Jones is a pioneer in the world of distance and online education having spent four decades extending the reach of technology, first by bringing cable television to American homes and later by fusing education with the internet to deliver educational opportunities to students worldwide.  Jones is the founder of Jones Intercable, which he established in 1967 by borrowing $400 against his Volkswagen to purchase a cable system in Georgetown, Colorado. This purchase was the genesis of his cable television company, which when sold in 1999, was one of the ten largest cable operators in the United States.

In 1993, Jones founded Jones International University, coupling his expertise in communications technology with his desire to “democratize” education by making it as widely available as possible. The first fully online university to receive accreditation, Jones International University has garnered recognition including a ranking as one of the top five of the best online universities in the world, according to the Global Academy Online. 

As one of the founding members of the James Madison National Council, a private advisory board to the Library of Congress, Jones now serves on the Steering Committee and is Chair of the Education Committee. Additionally, he is the author of several books including Cyberschools, An Education Renaissance, and Free Market Fusion

“I’m thrilled to be in the good company of those before me who have received the Mizel Museum’s Community Enrichment Award,” stated Jones. “Each honoree of this award is united by the desire to make a positive contribution to the world, each in our own way.”

The Mizel Museum is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Its exhibits, events and educational programs inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate diversity. The Mizel Museum seeks to heighten awareness in Colorado about the power of the arts in creating tolerance for diversity and understanding of our common humanity. Each spring, the Mizel Museum hosts a Gala event to honor individuals in the community who exemplify this mission.

“Glenn Jones’ contribution to our community and the world in incredibly unique,” said Ellen Premack, executive director for the Mizel Museum. “Through his truly pioneering vision he has literally created industries that have educated and entertained millions. We are excited to honor his achievements at our annual Gala event.”

The Mizel Museum Gala Dinner will take place on May 23, 2012, 6:00 p.m., at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. For information and reservations contact Ellen Premack at 303.749.5011 or epremack@mizelmuseum.org.

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About the Mizel Museum

The Mizel Museum, a three-site institution, is a portal to the contemporary Jewish experience. Its exhibits, events and educational programs inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate diversity. Fine art, film, literature, drama, music, and technology offer interactive experiences that promote community, understanding and multiculturalism. The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL), a nonpartisan center whose mission is to empower citizens to help combat the threat of terrorism is located in the downtown cultural district. The CELL seeks to promote personal and community activism in order to help shape a better, safer world. Babi Yar Park is an open-air memorial to those lost in the Ukraine and elsewhere during the Holocaust. The Museum is located at 400 S. Kearney Street, Denver, where visitors can tour the new permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks. For more information, visit www.mizelmuseum.org or www.thecell.org, or call 303-394-9993.

About Jones International University®, Ltd. (JIU®)

As the pioneer in online education, Jones International University, offers an unparalleled online educational experience that provides essential tools and strategies for career starters, career changers, and career advancers around the globe. JIU offers an array of online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and professional certificate programs in the fields of business administration, education, and business communication and employs some of the greatest minds from many of the world’s leading universities.