2014 Commencement

About the Commencement Speaker

Gary Jones

Gary Jones, CPA, CFE

Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector

Cameron University alumnus Gary Jones, CPA, CFE, has served as Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector since 2010, winning re-election in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for auditing the financial accounts of all government agencies within the state.

Born at Fort Sill to a military family, Jones graduated from Eisenhower High School and then enrolled at Cameron – while at the same time working fulltime for Southwestern Bell Telephone. At age 20, he became one of the youngest managers in company history. A year later, he was promoted to a position at Southwestern Bell’s Oklahoma City headquarters.

Jones returned to Lawton in 1977, attending night classes at Cameron and earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting in 1978. He owned and operated a telecommunications company for 16 years. In August1994, he was elected as Comanche County Western District Commissioner, serving four years.

In 1999, Jones returned to Cameron to finish the requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam, becoming a Certified Public Accountant in May 2000. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has spent much of his adult life seeking to expand government accountability and to improve the delivery of government services. Jones travels across the state to speak to various associations, groups, government auditors and public officials on ways to improve internal controls to both preserve and safeguard public assets.

Jones was elected chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party in 2003, serving in that capacity until his successful campaign for State Auditor and Inspector. 

He is married to the former Mary Jane Horton, a 1975 Cameron alumna who taught first grade for 36 years before her retirement in 2011. The Joneses have owned a ranching operation in Cache for more than 30 years.