State of the University
By Sheryl Wesley
EMVY Managing Partner / Contributor
Howard University Graduate, School of Communications
If there were a winner for anyone who loves their HBCU School, the prize would go to Mr. Greg Jones.
Seeing an opportunity, as well as a lack of representation on the island from the ‘National Treasure’, Greg Jones Morgan State University alumnus (class of ’79) together with his wife Lauren host Morgan on the Vineyard. This is a gathering of fellowship and fundraising with MSU alumni, staff and friends at their home of the quaint town of Oak Bluffs on the northeastern shore of Martha’s Vineyard. The event, which is the brainchild of Jones, looks to establish a new annual tradition on the Vineyard for Morganites while presenting attendees with an opportunity to further their support of the University through giving.
This year Morgan on the Vineyard included a week-long itinerary of events and activities that included meet-and-greets, bicycle rides, polar bear swims and beach parties. The festivities culminated with a special reception and a “State of the University” address from Morgan President David Wilson where last year  Wilson even joined Jones in the ceremonial planting of a permanent Morgan State University flag on the Vineyard. This event was a tremendous success galvanizing alumni to advance Morgan’s mission, preserve the university’s legacy and support student success.
Greg is also the Founder of The Legacy Foundation of Hartford, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses on addressing disparities in health and education in the most challenged areas of Hartford. Jones leads this platform with the watchwords, “Talent is Universal, Opportunities are Not!” The group works with area schools and corporate and community partners to create opportunities that help to advance the education pursuits of youth and encourage a proactive approach to responsibility. For more information, visit www.legacyfoundationhartford.org or call 860-956-1911.
Martha’s Vineyard is the epicenter for black vacationers attracting influential African Americans from near and far – many of whom are alumni from the nation’s many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Because of this acceleration, www.legacyweekonthevineyard.com was formed to acknowledge and highlight the legacy of all HBCUs.
“The strength of Morgan is found in the alumni who protect, advance and support its mission,” said Jones. “It’s now our watch. It’s our turn. It’s our responsibility.”