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EDGE Board Member, Dr. Florence Jones was selected by the Murray State Alumni Association as one of the 2018 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Established in 1962, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to alumni who have made meaningful contributions to their professions on a local, state, and national level. This award is the highest honor an alumnus could receive from the Murray State Alumni Association and stands to recognize alumni who have excelled personally and professionally. Among the recipients of the award are Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and renowned authors, research scientists and physicians, executives, educators, military leaders, and Emmy Award-winning broadcasters.

Dr. Jones, a 1975 nursing alumna, has served more than 25 years in the healthcare industry and has broken through countless barriers of gender and race throughout her years of experience. Dr. Jones has established a reputation for collaborative and inspirational leadership during her career. Among her many professional accomplishments, she also served the U.S. as a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps for the United States Army Reserve from 1977–1980. Currently, she serves as the CEO of Methodist North Hospital in Memphis.