ODU Presents is a lecture series focusing on the university’s research initiatives and outreach efforts and featuring engaging speakers from a variety of disciplines.
These lectures are free and open to the public.
November 7, 2011
Maurice Jones has served as president and publisher of The Virginian-Pilot since 2008. A native of Kenbridge in south central Virginia, Jones graduated at the top of his class from Hampden-Sydney College, then went to Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. He received a law degree from the University of Virginia and joined the law firm of Hunton & Williams. From there, he went to the U.S. Treasury Department, where he was special assistant to the general counsel. While at the Treasury, he also served as legal counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and was director of the fund during the Clinton administration. He later served as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to then-Gov. Mark Warner. President Barack Obama recently nominated Jones as deputy secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.