Hubie Jones is a vital member of the social justice movement in Boston where he has held numerous positions in academia, served on multiple boards and played a leadership role in the social development of the city and its people. Mr. Jones is dean emeritus of the Boston University School of Social Work, where he served as professor and dean from 1977 to 1993. He was special assistant to the chancellor for urban affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston from 1995 to 2003 and for eight months in 1992, he was acting president of Roxbury Community College. From 1972 to 1977, he was associate professor in the department of urban studies and planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Jones has played a key role in the formation, rebuilding and leadership of at least 30 community organizations within the black community and across the city. In 20 of these organizations, he served as chairman of the board or executive director. Some of these leadership roles include: executive director of the Roxbury Multi-Service Center, board chairman of the Massachusetts Advocates for Children, and board president of Roxbury Youthworks, Roxbury Community College Foundation and the Citywide Educational Coalition. He founded Higher Ground, Inc., modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone. Since 2002, he has been founder and president of the Boston Children’s Chorus. He has served as a trustee at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for 10 years and a trustee of the Foley Hoag Foundation for 25 years. For 20 years, Hubie Jones appeared weekly as a panelist on “Five on Five”, a public affairs program on WCVB-TV.
He earned his bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and master’s degree in social work from Boston University School of Social Work. Mr. Jones has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Northeastern University, University of Maryland, Lesley University, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.