(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar reflects on the passing of former Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Stan Jones:

“It’s a very sad day for the Indiana Chamber. Stan Jones was a dear friend of ours and the business community.

“Perhaps more than any person I’ve known, Stan was doggedly persistent in getting people and groups that were often adversaries to sit down and talk to one another. And it often resulted in something good for the state – which always was his goal, to continually improve Indiana’s education and workforce systems.

“Stan was a visionary leader, first in K-12 then higher education. He was soft-spoken, thoughtful and extremely intelligent. He was very instrumental in the formation of Indiana’s Education Roundtable, which served our state well for many years and could be of assistance and value today (if it were still in existence).

“It’s not an overstatement that Stan redefined what the commissioner of higher education could accomplish. He led the charge to make college more accessible to a wider population, pushed to raise the state’s K-12 academic standards, helped to formulate the performance-based funding and to fully develop the state’s community college system which we have today.

“Stan will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on in all the important education policy he was able to help accomplish for the state.”

Stan Jones was the Indiana Chamber’s 2009 Government Leader of the Year; that BizVoice® feature story is available at www.indianachamber.com/media/ICCStanJones.pdf.

Jones’ latest education endeavor was with Complete College America, which has an article on his life at www.facebook.com/notes/complete-college-america/stan-jones-a-game-changer-1949-2017/1240428542672331

The Indiana Chamber partners with 24,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”

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