Jason W. Jones has been hired as executive director of the Arkadelphia Promise Foundation, the chairman of the foundation’s board of directors announced Wednesday.

“Jason has demonstrated a strong desire to see that the Arkadelphia Promise supports all Arkadelphia families and has presented a clear plan of action to turn the Arkadelphia Promise into a reality for this year’s senior class and those who will follow,” Bryan McKinney, the board chairman who’s also dean of the Hickingbotham School of Business at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

The Arkadelphia Promise Scholarship is funded by the Ross Foundation and Southern Bancorp, both of Arkadelphia.

The scholarship is similar to the El Dorado Promise, a scholarship program for graduates of El Dorado High School funded by Murphy Oil Corp.

Jones most recently was head girls basketball coach and history teacher at Cutter Morning Star Public Schools.

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