Each year, IES Abroad, the leading not-for-profit study abroad organization, recognizes a study abroad professional with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s award went to Sewanee’s Larry Jones, who retired last spring after more than 20 years of directing the global education program at the University.
Jones received the award at the IES annual conference in Chicago on Thursday, Oct. 6.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has served the study abroad field through significant professional and volunteer work. Recipients are leaders in the study abroad field whose careers have been distinguished by significant achievements and contributions. The award went to Jones for his dedication to the study abroad field—he has served on or chaired 57 college or national committees, in addition to his extensive service to the field of study abroad.
Jones also played a very active role in IES Abroad, having served on the IES Abroad Annual Conference Planning Committee, the IES Abroad Nominations Committee, and as an institutional representative from the University of the South. He also participated in 10 site visits all over the world for IES Abroad, and co-chaired the IES Abroad-sponsored Symposium on Science and Study Abroad at the University of Durham. He was also awarded the IES Abroad Volunteer of the Year Award in 2014.
“I have had the great honor of working with Dr. Jones for 20 years, and I have found him to be a gentleman, a scholar, and a renaissance man in the truest sense of those terms,” said Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, president and CEO of IES Abroad. “He is warm, gracious, generous of spirit, very bright and giving of his time to students and fellow colleagues, and he has mentored so many professionals in the field during his 23 years within the field.”
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 240 top-tier American colleges and universities that provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world.