Lucinda Kellam Jones '87
In 1982, when Lucinda Kellam Jones applied for early admission to Davidson's class of 1987, she faced two essay questions: "What relationships, ideas and/or values are important to you?" and "Describe the accomplishment or experience which you value most."
Lucinda listed a heartfelt "concern for others" as well as the ability to set "high but realistic goals" and strive for them "with enthusiasm."
Young Lucinda's most valued experience was attending high school away from home. "Boarding school gave me cultural knowledge and exposure to diverse places, families and values different from my own," she wrote. Lucinda said that she grew to appreciate her parents' decision to send her away to high school, despite initially telling them: "I'd rather be spanked every day until I graduate than go away to boarding school!"
When she got to Davidson, Lucinda's concern for others, appreciation of diversity, and commitment to "high but realistic goals" were quickly apparent.
A member of Rusk Eating House and the Intramural Athletic Counsel, she was elected first as vice president and then president of the Union Board. She was selected for membership in the North Carolina Fellows program for leadership and academic achievement, was recognized in Who's Who and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa campus leadership honor society.
As an alumna, Lucinda has steadfastly served Davidson as class chair and class agent in the Annual Fund, as a member of the Davidson Alumni Admission Program and as president of both the Winston-Salem alumni chapter and the Alumni Association Board. She is a strong supporter of the Artist Series. Lucinda served on the Board of Trustees for 2007 and 2008, and was instrumental in the Alumni of Color Engagement initiative. Lucinda is married to classmate Christopher Jones '87, and they are parents of three lovely children. Together she and Chris are active members of the Winston-Salem Foundation, a community organization dedicated to "making philanthropy and its benefits available to all."
For your dedicated service to alma mater, for holding true to both your high goals and your concern for others, for furthering diversity at Davidson, and for answering the call to serve others with enthusiasm, the Alumni Association is proud to honor you, Lucinda Kellam Jones, with the Alumni Service Award on the occasion of your 25th Reunion.