Update on the Passing of Dr. Dan Jones


Dr. Daniel Jones, 1953-2016.


To say that I am in shock is a tremendous understatement. Today I heard someone very important to the Lion family had passed, but never in a million years did I think that the President had. So, after reading tons of news sources, I have some additional information that will shed some light on the passing of the greatest President of Texas A&M-Commerce in recent years.

  1. Jones had been treated on April 16th in a local hospital for an undisclosed illness. He was treated and released the same day.
  2. After coming back to work the following week, Jones wrote a letter to all Faculty and Staff on April 25th.-

Dear Lion Family,

First of all, on behalf of myself and the Jones family, please accept a profound “thank-you” for the many expressions of concern, prayers, and wishes for a speedy recovery.  After being out last week to deal with a medical issue, I plan to be back on campus this week, even though the week will be punctuated by a Board of Regents meeting in College Station.  

Stress makes everything worse, taking a toll on body, mind and spirit.  We all know how stressful university life can be, for students, faculty, and staff alike, and I urge all of you who are dealing with stressful challenges in your life to get the rest and help you need.  Even a Lion needs a helping paw from time to time.

Once again, thank you to all for making our university a special, caring, and all-embracing community. 

With gratitude,

 Dan R. Jones

3. Hunt Count will be conducting an autopsy to determine a cause of death, and there is little to no information as even what could have caused such a sudden passing, so out of respect for the Jones family, lets keep out the speculation out of it.

4. Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp sent the following remarks:

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp sent this message from the Texas A&M System: “Dan Jones was one of our great presidents. He had a vision for the future that was brilliant and courageous. We will make sure his plans become reality. We will miss him greatly.”

5. I have to get personal here, whenever something like this happens, it makes me take stock of my loved ones. My parents back in East Texas, my brothers in Dallas and Kaufman, my friends from as far away as Los Angeles and Michigan and as close as Mesquite and Wylie. Tell them all you love them, give them an extra hug, call them up, never let them think for a second that you do not love them. Finally, I have to share my favorite scripture and I send it to the Jones family and hope it is a blessing and a comfort to them.

“But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask, Jesus told her, for he will rise again. “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.” 

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