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Dr. Mautra Jones becomes college’s first Black woman president

by Erika DuBose
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Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is bringing Black Girl Magic to its campus through new college president, Dr. Mautra Jones. As first reported on OCCC’s website, Dr. Jones was recently chosen as OCCC president by the Board of Regents. 

With an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a MBA from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate of education from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Jones brings years of leadership and experience to the role. According to OCCC Board of Regents chair Kevin Perry, “We expect great things from Dr. Jones.”

The Black Shero has made a name for herself through leadership positions in philanthropic organizations across Oklahoma. Dr. Jones remains actively involved with Oklahoma Hall of Fame, StitchCrew, Oklahoma Philharmonic Society, Civic Center Foundation, Oklahoma Watch, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, and Leadership OKC’s Alumni Association.

Dr. Jones praised for her community leadership

“I am grateful for, and humbled by, the confidence the Board of Regents has instilled in me,” said Dr. Jones in a statement. “For the last half-century, Oklahoma City Community College has played an essential and transformative role in educating our citizens, developing Oklahoma’s workforce, and serving our community.”

The Board of Regents of OCCC is equally excited at the prospect of Dr. Jones as the new college president. According to chair Perry, “She is committed to our students’ success, and giving our faculty and staff the support they need to be successful.”

Prior to her appointment as President of OCCC, Dr. Jones served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Langston University. She is also the site administrator for the University’s Oklahoma City campus, as well as the Executive Director of the Langston University Foundation. She also won a 2021 National Mother of the Year award.

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