COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The governing board of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation is pleased to announce David B. Jones of Houston as the foundation's new chief executive officer. Jones succeeds Frederick D. McClure, a Bush White House veteran who served four years as CEO and recently accepted a position as Executive Director of Leadership Initiatives in Texas A&M's Office of the Provost.
The Jones appointment is effective immediately.
Jones, 70, twice served as managing principal at Houston-based Dini Spheris, where he was also a longstanding Board member, principal and consultant. During his 28 years with Dini Spheris and its predecessor, Dini Partners, David helped guide the company's growth into one of the nation's leading fundraising consultancies. His clients included the George Bush Presidential Library, Points of Light Foundation, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Greater Houston Partnership, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Baylor University, Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, the St. Luke's Hospital Foundation, Texas High-Speed Train Project, and the Menil Museum.
Prior to his work at Dini Spheris, Jones served as vice president and president of the American Productivity and Quality Center in Houston.
"Barbara and I feel very blessed indeed to have another trusted friend with David's unique abilities and leadership taking the reins of our library foundation at an important time," said President Bush. "The gratitude in our hearts for David's willingness to take on this new challenge is equaled only by our gratitude to our dear friends Fred and Harriet McClure for their four years of dedicated service."
The foundation is based at the Bush Presidential Library Conference Center at Texas A&M, and as the new CEO Jones will be responsible for coordinating activities with the foundation's partner institutions also located in the Center – the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.
Jones will also execute a strategic plan over the next five years guiding the foundation's fundraising and programming – including, for the first time, opening a satellite office in Houston to strengthen relationships throughout the Bushes' hometown.
"For many years, David has selflessly served President Bush helping to establish both his presidential library and the Bush School, and then to build an endowment," said Dean Ryan Crocker, who is retiring this summer from the Bush School. "His is the right appointment coming at the right time in the lifespan of both institutions, as they prepare to enter into full maturity. It's an exciting time for all of us in the extended Bush 41 family here at Texas A&M."
A native of Warren, Pennsylvania, Jones and his wife Pat have two children and two grandchildren.
ABOUT THE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Established in 1991, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of the 41st President of the United States of America. As part of its mission, the foundation sponsors exhibits, lectures, conferences and special events to create a dynamic learning environment dedicated to the idea that public service is a noble calling. More information can be found at: http://bush41.org/presidential-library-foundation
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