Stacy Jones has served as the director of the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel since September 1, 2020, after serving as interim director from January to August that same year. Prior to this position, she served as the associate director for governmental training, education, and development at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government since 2012.
As the director of the Georgia Center, she fosters professional and personal growth for individuals through educational programs and partnerships, and creates an engaging and inclusive environment that supports intellectual exchange in service to the State of Georgia.
After she received a Bachelor of Science in consumer journalism from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia, she completed her master’s in public administration at Troy State University with a focus on public personnel management. Jones completed her doctorate at the University of Georgia in higher education administration in 2019.
Jones began her career as a public affairs manager for the city of Conyers, Georgia, during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. She has instructed local elected officials and government administrators in community and media relations and leadership development since 2001 through the statewide training programs for the Institute of Government. The Georgia Association of County Commissioners recognized her work in 2014, naming her the Leadership Advocate of the Year. She also has served as a member of the statewide Georgia Municipal Training Board since 2012.
Her prior experience in Georgia includes serving as the executive director of the city of Monroe Downtown Development Authority and the chief development officer for Walton Regional Medical Center and Clearview Regional Medical Center, where she led communications, marketing, business development, and physician recruitment.
As an active alumna of the University of Georgia, Jones has previously served as president of the alumni association for the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and was a recipient of the UGA Blue Key Young Alumnus award and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Pacesetter award.