Haley Jones's Story
Since completing her master’s degree in 2014, Haley Jones has worked at Georgia Southern, a university participating at the highest level of Division I athletics. For those who may not know what a compliance officer does, Jones explained, “You can relate me to a police officer. I enforce the rules that the NCAA sets forth.” Jones coordinates the NCAA Eligibility Center process for incoming freshmen and also coordinates and maintains all recruiting documentation for Georgia Southern’s 16 sports.
Jones said Monmouth College prepared her well for the professional challenges in her future. “The business and psychology professors demanded much from me and had high expectations,” she said. “I was motivated to do well and try my best because I knew they cared about me outside of the classroom as well.”
One of Jones’ favorite professors was Dick Johnston, who keeps his class on its toes by randomly calling on them and never taking “I don’t know” as an answer. Johnston also appreciated Jones, saying, “Haley was the excellent student-athlete professors enjoy having in class. Her devotion to making the most of her educational opportunities was matched by her intensity and success on the basketball court. She laughed easily and was the type of student that makes teaching rewarding.”
In psychology, Jones recalls being intrigued by the experiences that the talented faculty shared. “I just found the topics we studied to be so fascinating,” she added.
On the basketball court, Jones certainly remembers being part of big victories, none bigger than winning the Midwest Conference championship game to advance to the NCAA tournament in 2012. There are other hardwood memories she holds dear. At almost every home game, Professor Mike Connell waves a Fighting Scots flag and other business professors are in the stands, cheering on the team. “The fact they cared about the students outside of the classroom is something I won’t forget,” Jones said.
Tying it all together
“Through academics and athletics, Monmouth College helped form who I am today,” said Jones. “I truly believe that the education I received made a huge impact on where I am right now.”