Susan Jones dedicated her time to help support the institutions she cared for most, particularly the University of Miami. Her skill and passion for fundraising have made an impact on the community unlike any previously. After passing at the age of 72, she is remembered with compassion for all that she has accomplished in her lifetime.
“Her career as a transformational fundraiser left an indelible mark on the University of Miami and its community,” stated the University’s associate VP for the Division of Advancement in its obituary for Jones. She passed away at age 72 Christmas Day in her home in Coral Gables after a lengthy struggle with cancer.
After serving the University of Miami for over twenty years, Jones played an instrumental part in the success of two of the university’s major campaigns. The first campaign, Momentum 1 began in the year 2003 followed by Momentum 2 which started in 2012. In combination, both campaigns raised over $3 billion dedicated to the university’s campus and research centers in addition to scholarship programs and awards. Momentum 1 was such a success that it managed to gain $1.4 during a season when no other Florida raised more than a billion.
Throughout Jone’s participation in the campaigns, Donna Shalala had been the university’s president and described Jones during her tribute this Tuesday as, “a critical leader in building the U into a first-tier university. I treasured her guidance and friendship over the years.”
The current president of the university, Julio Frenk, stated: “Susan’s ever-present personal touch was the touchstone by which many University of Miami donors became lifelong Hurricanes. She loved bringing people together for a common cause, and the university is stronger and more responsive to it.”
Her efforts and leadership at the University of Miami were awarded the highest level of honor the university offers, an induction into UM’s Iron Arrow Society.
“She was always so warm and welcoming; I can’t imagine a better representative of UM,” noted The Children’s Movement of Florida chair, David Lawrence Jr. who also held a position at Miami Herald publisher before retiring.
In addition to Jone’s incredible fundraising support, she also held a position on the board of Riviera Country Club, Ransom Everglades School, Junior League of Miami as well as Beaux Arts.