Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones, a Cameron University alumnus, will deliver the commencement address to Cameron’s Class of 2016. The annual graduation ceremony is slated for Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Cameron Stadium. Following his address, CU’s 2016 graduates will receive their diplomas. A fireworks display will cap off the occasion. The public is invited to attend free of charge. No tickets are required.
“Gary Jones is the personification of setting a goal and then achieving it,” says Cameron President John McArthur. “Throughout his career, he has set high professional standards. His commitment to public service is noteworthy, as is his work in safeguarding public assets. Mr. Jones is an outstanding representative for Cameron University, and we are delighted that he will inspire our 2016 graduates. ”
Jones 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 Oklahoma.
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 full-time for Southwestern Bell Telephone. At the age of 20, he was promoted to a management position, becoming 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 a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in accounting in 1978. He owned and operated a telecommunications company for 16 years. In 1994, he was elected as Comanche County Western District Commissioner and served 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, government auditors, and public officials on ways to improve internal controls to both preserve and safeguard public assets.
Jones was elected Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman in 2003, serving in that capacity until 2010.
He is married to the former Mary Jane Horton, a 1975 Cameron alumna who taught first grade for 36 years before retiring in May 2011. They have operated a cow-calf operation in Cache for more than 30 years.
April 13, 2016