Western's Leonard Jones honored with Parthenon Award from the ACUHO‐I Foundation

The Association of College and University Housing Officers‐International (ACUHO‐I) is proud to announce that WWU director of University Residences Leonard Jones has been honored with the 2021 Parthenon Award.

Jones was publicly recognized at the 2021 ACUHO‐I Conference and Expo in late June. The prestigious Parthenon Award recognizes outstanding collegiate housing professionals for their service, leadership, achievement, and contributions to the campus housing field. Honorees are nominated by their colleagues, who host fundraising campaigns and collect donations on their behalf. These gifts support resources and programs that further the development of individuals involved in campus housing around the globe.

WWU Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Melynda Huskey echoed the sentiment expressed in the award.

“We couldn’t be prouder that Leonard’s achievements and service are being recognized. He has been a tireless advocate in the field for many years, and we have benefited from his expertise and wisdom,” Huskey said.

For over 35 years, Jones has transformed departments, divisions, and universities. His legacy and core values of leadership and service are the foundation of our profession and what make it thrive. Jones has served in many roles throughout his career and has had a number of regional and international involvements with ACUHO‐I. Leonard’s contributions to the housing profession have been extraordinary and he is highly respected among his peers. One of the most important aspects of his work are his commitment and dedication to mentoring others. In this regard, he works tirelessly to develop the next generation of student affairs professionals and is committed to service and excellence. Countless members of the Association praise him for his ability to cultivate confidence and leadership within others, while challenging each team member to aspire to greater heights.   

Jones is part of a class of five individuals honored with this year’s Parthenon Award.

“I congratulate all of our award recipients on their achievements,” said Mary DeNiro, ACUHO‐I CEO. “Their far‐reaching contributions to campus housing help improve the student experience, illuminate the challenges and opportunities facing housing professionals, and enrich the profession for all in the field.”

About ACUHO‐I: ACUHO‐I is the Association of College and University Housing Officers‐ International. Home to more than 17,000 professionals representing 3.2 million on‐campus students from around the globe, ACUHO‐I is the leading organization of choice for campus housing and residence life professionals. 

Monday, July 26, 2021