Betty and David Jones
Betty and David Jones have long-standing ties to the University of Louisville and the College of Arts and Sciences. Their support of Classical and Modern Languages, study abroad, the University and Fine Arts Libraries, School of Music, Venture Endowment Fund, McConnell Center, Pediatrics, cancer research, Liberal Studies, scholarships and many other initiatives at UofL and across the community has greatly benefited the University, its students and the Louisville community.
A&S alumna Betty Ashbury Jones received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UofL in 1956, where she was named outstanding Freshman Woman in 1952, and was a member of the Cwens Freshman Honor Society and the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society.
She received a Master of Arts from The French School, Middlebury College, in 1986. She taught French at Jefferson Community College from 1986-1992 and French Conversation in UofL’s Continuing Education Department from 1993 to 2003.
Earlier, she taught preschool in Louisville and New Haven, Connecticut, and middle school in Norfolk, Virginia. Mrs. Jones is a trustee of Middlebury College and has served on the boards of the Louisville Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society, and Kentucky Country Day School, and as an Elder at Highland Presbyterian Church.
David A. Jones received a bachelor’s degree in business from UofL in 1954 where he received the Outstanding Senior Award. After serving in the Navy for three years, he entered Yale University where he earned a law degree in 1960, while also serving on the economics faculty from 1958 to 1960.
Mr. Jones co-founded Humana, Inc. in 1961 and served as its chairman for 44 years prior to retiring in 2005. He served as nonexecutive Founding Chairman of the Board of Hospira, Inc.until his retirement in 2007. He is a director of Glenview Trust Company and a retired director of Abbott Laboratories and several other companies. Mr. Jones was a member of the BusinessRoundtable and co-founder and past chair of the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Mr. Jones also served as a member of the UofL Board of Trustees from 1979 to 1982. He received the Yale Medal in 1992, the Order of Merit, Romania’s highest civilian award, in 2003 and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisville. He received UofL’s 2004 Alumnus of the Year award and its Alumni Association Order of Merit award in 1984.