Respected Denver Businessman Appointed to Vice Chairman of Colorado State University Board of Governors

Douglas L. Jones, president and owner of The JONES Realty Group, has been elected vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.

Jones is in the middle of a four-year term on the governing board that oversees Colorado State University and Colorado State University-Pueblo. The board is expected to discuss the budget, including tuition for the 2006-2007 school year, at its next meeting on June 22 in Denver.

"Doug is a highly valued board member who is actively engaged in serving faculty, staff and students at the university, as well as the residents of Colorado," said Larry Edward Penley, chancellor of the Colorado State system. "On every board Doug serves on, time and time again, he makes a difference – his service has always resulted in action. Doug’s business acumen and dedication have been extremely helpful as we confront the complexities facing higher education in Colorado."

Jones has been a leader in growth of the real estate industry in Colorado for nearly three decades. He said he wants measurable results – in his business and at the university.

"As one of the few land-grant institutions in the country, Colorado State has a significant role in economic development," Jones said. "We want to share the values and excellence of Colorado State University with the rest of the world and, at the same time, make sure we provide great opportunities for the young people in Colorado."

In 1994, Jones established The JONES Realty Group – a commercial real estate investment services group in Denver engaged in asset management, brokerage, acquisition and development of commercial properties. Previously, he had worked in banking and served on the Washington, D.C., staff of the late Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas.

Jones has served on a number of boards including the National Western Stock Show Association, Colorado Tourism Office, Rose Community Foundation, Denver Council of Boy Scouts of America and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He is past chair of the Denver Botanic Gardens Board of Trustees, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and resides in Denver.