GlyptusAnn Grider Jones directs the McConnell Center’s communications and marketing efforts and helps facilitate the center's campus and community partnerships. She oversees departmental publications, media relations, social and digital media, and is the lead author on special projects and reports. She also helps manage public events for the Center, including its monthly public lecture and Distinguished Speaker series.
Her grant management and proposal development has helped secure more than $4 million in grants and gifts to strengthen the state and national presence of the center's programming and mission.
Jones was the founding designer and editor of Meditations, an online newsletter to support the continuing education of military professionals. She has served as the lead program evaluator for the McConnell Center's Strategic Broadening Seminar for the US Army.
Prior to joining the McConnell Center, Jones was an award-winning newspaper reporter. She spent a year in South Korea through the Fulbright teaching program before earning her master's degree in political science from Miami University. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Louisville’s Urban & Public Affairs Department, where her research focuses on the intersection of public education policy (particularly charter school formation and diffusion) and theories of exit.
A Kentucky native, Jones is a graduate of the University of Louisville, where she was named the most outstanding communications student and earned the political science department's Louis C. Kesselman and Jean & Eleanor O'Sullivan awards as an undergraduate.