Distinguished Alumni Award: Graduate School of Education

Karen A. Clinton Jones, PhD ’05.

Karen A. Clinton Jones, PhD ’05 

During her decades of service as a diversity practitioner, Jones has dedicated herself to the increasingly visible field and serves as Binghamton University’s inaugural vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to her diversity and Title IX work in academia (SUNY Buffalo State College, Virginia Tech, St. John Fisher College), Jones has experience in the corporate world at Rochester-based Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion motivates her to pursue community work in addition to her professional positions. She has served as a board or committee member of Read to Succeed Buffalo, Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, New York State Council on the Arts, Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Buffalo Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jones also holds degrees from SUNY Brockport and SUNY Buffalo State.