Glenn R. Jones
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Jones International, Ltd.
Chancellor Emeritus, Jones International University
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jones Knowledge Group, Inc
Glenn R. Jones has spent four decades extending the reach of technology, first by bringing cable television to American homes, then by fusing education with the Internet to deliver education to lifelong learners worldwide. Along the way, Mr. Jones has created numerous businesses in the fields of digital encryption, digital compression, Internet technology, e-commerce, software development, education, cable networks, entertainment, mobile communications, radio networks and advertising sales. He has also authored several books.
Cable TV Operations
In 1961, after graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law, Mr. Jones began his career in cable television by representing cable companies in their acquisition efforts across the country. In 1964, Mr. Jones put his law career on hold to run for the U.S. Congress in Colorado’s First Congressional District (Denver). After an unsuccessful run, he decided to renew his focus on the cable television industry.
In 1967, Mr. Jones borrowed $400 against his Volkswagen to purchase his first cable system in Georgetown, Colorado, which was the genesis of his cable operations company, Jones Intercable, Inc. Mr. Jones was the first person in the industry to organize public limited partnerships to raise capital for cable acquisitions. Jones partnerships raised more than $1.2 billion in equity capital for such purposes.
During its 32 years under Mr. Jones’ guidance, Jones Intercable pioneered more than a dozen industry firsts and grew to become one of the ten largest cable television operators in the United States.
In 1987, Mr. Jones embarked on his first adventure in distance education and founded the cable television network Mind Extension University (ME/U). Until the early 1990s, when it changed its name to Knowledge TV, ME/U delivered college courses via cable TV, offering viewers easy access to distance learning programs.
The advancement of Internet technology resulted in the creation of online education entities in the 1990s, most notably, Jones International University (JIU), a university existing completely in cyberspace, which he founded in 1993. Jones International University made it possible for students to learn from anywhere in the world, at any time.
On March 5, 1999, JIU made history when it became the first fully online university to receive accreditation from a nationally recognized regional accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association.
Additionally, Mr. Jones seized the opportunity to help other universities and corporations benefit from his pioneering in Internet-based educational technologies. Under Jones Knowledge Group, Inc., he founded a groundbreaking online course management and delivery platform known as Jones E-Education: The Software Standard (JESS). Other valuable components of Jones Knowledge are Jones eGlobal Library, a comprehensive suite of online library resources, including annotated research guides, reference assistance, a confederated search engine, and career development resources; Jones I-Global Library, a suite of online arts and entertainment collections augmented by eglobal library; and the Knowledge Store, a collection of licensable, high-quality education and training content.
In 1995, Mr. Jones founded the Global Alliance For Transnational Education (GATE), a global accrediting body and forum for government, academic, accrediting agencies, students, and businesses to discuss and implement quality assurance for education and training programs that cross national borders. He served as chairman until August, 2003, when he donated GATE to the United States Distance Learning Association to further its interests.
During the 1990s, Mr. Jones formed Jones Media Networks, Ltd. (JMN), a network content and e-commerce company that developed programming for radio, television, cable TV networks and the Internet. Jones Radio Networks, a subsidiary of JMN, was a leading independent provider of high-quality programming to radio stations nationwide. Its syndicated programming included shows hosted by nationally known personalities, interviews featuring popular music talent and music countdown shows. Jones Mediaamerica, Inc. – a radio, cable TV network and Internet advertising representation firm in New York – was also a part of the JMN family of companies, along with Jones TM, a music production and distribution company in Dallas. In 2008, Jones sold all of the JMN companies to Triton Media Group in Los Angeles.
In 1995, leveraging synergy from his country music radio programming at JRN, Mr. Jones created Great American Country, a 24-hour country music video cable TV network that at the time of its sale to the E.W. Scripps Company in 2004, reached approximately 34 million households in the United States.
Through Jones Entertainment Group, Mr. Jones produced many award-winning documentaries and motion pictures such as The Mystery of Genius, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Story Lady starring Jessica Tandy, The Whipping Boy, starring George C. Scott and The Little Kidnappers, starring Charlton Heston. In addition, he produced various CD-ROMs, including Charlton Heston’s Voyage Through The Bible and the Jones Telecommunications and Multimedia Encyclopedia.
With his background in the engineering and delivery of cable television, Mr. Jones was involved early in the technology revolution. In the 1980s and 90s, he created new technology businesses in the fields of compression, digital encryption and satellite receivers. With a strong commitment to high-quality customer service, Mr. Jones also saw an opportunity to create a new enterprise to meet the diverse customer management needs of technology companies.
In the mid-1990s, Mr. Jones created Jones Cyber Solutions, Ltd. (JCS), which provides state-of-the-art customer management software solutions to telecommunications companies around the world. Its premier product, Intelligent Customer Support Systems (ICSS), accommodates numerous products offered in the convergent marketplace, including telephony, mobile services, cable TV, pay TV and Internet services.
In addition, Jones Technology Group develops customized software relating to the media and education industries.
Jones International Academy (JIA) develops, sells and distributes training and educational content and related technology, including software.
Jones/NCTI is a subsidiary of JIA, which provides workforce performance products, professional services and education. Jones/NCTI provides customized wide-range training for companies and individuals, as well as assessments of workforce competencies and pre-employment skills testing.
Biographical Data, Affiliations, And Awards
Mr. Jones earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Allegheny College and served in the U.S. Navy. He then obtained a juris doctor degree from the University of Colorado School of Law. Additionally, Mr. Jones completed the executive program at Stanford Business School in 1973.
Mr. Jones is one of the founding members of the James Madison National Council, a select advisory body to the Library of Congress, and currently serves on its steering committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information at Columbia Business School. Locally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the Board of the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
He is a past member of the board of directors for the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), and also served on its executive committee. Additionally, he served on the boards of C-SPAN, The Cable Center, the National Alliance of Business (NAB), the Colorado Institute of Technology (CIT), the Colorado Governor's Commission on Science and Technology and the Board of Governors for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
In addition to several honorary doctorate degrees, Mr. Jones has received numerous awards from various organizations for his outstanding contributions in the fields of distance education and cable television. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame and some of his notable recognitions include:
- Inducted into the Cable Television Hall Of Fame (October, 2005)
- Inducted into the U.S. Distance Learning Association Hall Of Fame (October, 2004)
- Inducted into the Broadcasting And Cable Hall Of Fame (November 1994)
- National Boy Scouts Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (February, 2007)
- Most Outstanding Corporate Individual Achievement Award from the International Distance Learning Association (April, 1993)
- Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement for outstanding contributions in the field of education (June, 1994)
- Named Man Of The Year by the Denver chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (October, 1994)
- 2002 Humanitarian Award from the Denver Chapter of Volunteers of America (October, 2002)
- Lone Sailor Award for outstanding service to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) community, awarded by the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation (October, 1997)