Ken JOnes awarded Order of the Long Leaf PIne
One Duplin County resident has been given a great honor, one that exemplifies the outstanding job he has done for North Carolina.
Governor Pat McCroy has bestowed The Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Ken Jones of Kenansville. The award was presented to Jones by Senators Brent Jackson and Louis Pait on Tuesday.
The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is given for exemplary service to the state of North Carolina and the community that is above and beyond the call of duty. This award is granted to citizens who stand out in their communities and who have devoted their lives to serving others; and whose efforts have made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.
The award was presented at a retirement reception honoring Jones, the former Chief Executive Officer of Eastpointe Human Services. On hand to witness Jones receive the honor from McCrory were family, current and past board members, and provider and consumer representatives.
Jones has served the state of NC for more than 32 years, working at James Sprunt Community College and Eastpointe Human Services. Jones led Eastpointe through three mergers, with the latest merger increasing the counties served from four to 12.
“Ken Jones is a leader who has shown a strong commitment to the citizens and state of NC,” Rob Boyette, Chairman of the Eastpointe Board of Directors, said. “His history of leadership through much required change in the mental health system makes him an exemplary recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.”
A native of Duplin County, Jones graduated from East Carolina University. On April 1, Jones will begin a new career in the non-profit sector. He will join The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina as their executive director.