Clemson business, engineering colleges tap Boeing’s Jack Jones
CLEMSON, South Carolina — Two of Clemson University’s most prominent colleges are collaborating in a first-of-its kind Executive in Residence partnership that will bring a global business leader’s experience and expertise to both schools.
The College of Business and College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences have announced Jack Jones, retired vice president of Boeing’s aircraft assembly business in North Charleston, South Carolina, will become the colleges’ Executive in Residence, beginning this semester.
The colleges’ students, faculty and staff will be the beneficiaries of Jones’ business and engineering background gained as a leader at one of the world’s most prominent aircraft manufacturers. His career with Boeing spanned 35 years in Washington state and South Carolina, having retired in 2015 after leading the global giant’s assembly operations of the 787 Dreamliner commercial aircraft.
Jones will wear many hats as Executive in Residence to Clemson’s business and engineering communities. As a proven business leader, students and faculty will benefit from quality time with Jones in areas of consulting, strategies and careers. It is anticipated he will also serve as a guest lecturer and meet in ad hoc sessions with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty groups from both colleges.
Deans Bobby McCormick of business and Anand Gramopadhye of engineering said Jones will build upon their colleges’ experiential learning connections that global businesses value in future employees.
“Jack brings an invaluable perspective to our students and faculty in that he led a global operation and witnessed first-hand what a 21st century business needs in its employees,” said McCormick. “In addition, his affiliation with Clemson further validates to the outside world the value of education we provide our business and engineering students at Clemson.”
Gramopadhye and McCormick said Clemson is expected to benefit from Jones’ extensive network of connections, including potential career links, internships and influential thought leaders visiting campus.
“Jack Jones had a long and distinguished career with Boeing,” Gramopadhye said. “During his time at the company, he held leadership positions in several commercial and military programs and did an outstanding job leading Boeing South Carolina. With his assistance, we are widening the talent pipeline that keeps industry supplied with next-generation graduates that have the skills to take up jobs and create new ones. Jack will help us develop this talent, as he has had first-hand experience in building a world-class Boeing enterprise here in South Carolina. We are grateful for the wealth of leadership experience that Jack brings to the program.”
McCormick said more collaboration between the business and engineering disciplines is in the offing as both colleges prepare their students for “real-world engagements” through experiential learning.
“Through the Executive in Residence program, we are touching the business world in a real and public way. We consider it a forerunner to future educational partnerships between our colleges,” McCormick said. “By bringing established leaders into our fold, we are letting our students and others know the real world is certifying what we do here.”