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Opel Jones Biography

Opel Jones is a seasoned higher education administrator and lecturer of the mathematical sciences. He is currently a faculty member at American University in Washington, DC.

Dedicated to the community, Opel Jones mentors, tutors, and volunteers in his free time through his fraternity, as well as with the Howard County Democratic Party.  He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Columbia Democratic Club, Ellicott City/Western Howard County Democratic Club, Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club, Greater Elkridge Community Association, and the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP.  Additionally, he is a former Human Rights Commissioner for Howard County, appointed by then County Executive, Ken Ulman.

Throughout the years, and in addition to teaching mathematics and statistics, Opel Jones has worked as a systems/software engineer, development officer, and a computer scientist, at Lockheed Martin, Hampton University, Bowie State University, and the United States Census Bureau. While a faculty member at Hampton University, he served as Director of the Leadership Institute for several years, teaching leadership studies, developing leaders, all the while teaching mathematics and honors seminars.

Opel Jones is a proud graduate of High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, where he lettered in four sports (baseball, football, indoor track, and outdoor track), served as President of the National Honor Society, and played in the marching and concert bands. Since then he has earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hampton University, a master’s degree in mathematics from Howard University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in mathematics also at Howard University. 

He loves music, exercising, doing Sudoku puzzles, and studies martial arts as he is a black belt in Okinawan karate and a certified judge with the United States National Karate-Do Federation.  He and his wife, Shaundra, are extremely proud parents of two boys, Opel II, and Ivan, and a brand-new baby girl born on May 11th, Whitley.