Ohio State loses dear friend and colleague, Bill Jones
Ohio State graduate was in his 14th year with the Department of Athletics

Jan. 10, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State associate athletics director Bill Jones, 48, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at OSU Medical Center after suffering an apparent heart attack.

"We have lost a dear friend, a wonderful co-worker and a great ambassador for Ohio State," said director of athletics Gene Smith. "His genuine enthusiasm, calm demeanor and lifelong love for the Buckeyes made him a valuable part of every project he touched. Our family is in shock today. Our loss is a profound one. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Jones family in this time of sadness and loss."

Jones was in his 14th year with the Ohio State Department of Athletics. He was named associate athletics director for external affairs for the Buckeyes in 2009. He was promoted to assistant athletics director for ticketing in February, 2007, after taking over management of the ticket office in 2006. Jones joined the Ohio State athletics staff in 1998 as the assistant director of premium seating and moved to director of premium seating the following year.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Jones worked from 1991-98 as the director of operations and media for the PGA's Memorial Tournament, as well as serving as the tournament director of an LPGA event in Pinehurst, N.C., and as the tournament director for the Diner's Club Matches in La Quinta, Calif. He also worked for Janssen Pharmaceutical from 1987-90, earning recognition for being one of the Top 5 sales reps in the country.

Jones, a Columbus native, earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Ohio State in 1986 and a master's of sports administration from Ohio University in 1991. He is survived by his parents, Jim (Ohio State's athletics director from 1987-94) and Linda Jones, and a sister, Lynnae.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics has set up the "The William L. (Bill) Jones Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund" in honor of Bill Jones.

Name:The William L. (Bill) Jones Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund
Fund Number:482247
Description:Income shall be used to supplement the grant-in-aid scholarship costs of an undergraduate student-athlete who is a member of the men's or women's golf team.
Our address:The Athletic Development Office
8th Floor Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210


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