An overcomer, Dr. Jones’ intense desire to support others through positive change and authentic transformation is directly related to some of her own personal life transformations – surfacing and thriving on the other side of divorce, morbid obesity, first-generation education, and a lack of purpose, she now fully embraces a lifestyle that is grounded in choices that are mentally, physically and spiritually healthy and devotes much of her free time to personally coaching others through their own life makeovers.
An active public speaker and workshop presenter, Dr. Jones was featured in 2016 among a select group of TED speakers for TEDx Greenville’s annual conference. She has served as a keynote speaker in various settings and has presented numerous professional and community workshops on a variety of topics designed to inform and inspire those who desire to transform their lives.
A 20-year veteran in higher education, Dr. Matteel D. Jones currently serves as the Vice President for Student Services at Greenville Technical College located in Greenville, South Carolina; prior to that at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, South Carolina as the Vice President for Student Affairs; and prior to that, at Piedmont Technical College in various roles in Student Development from 1997 until 2007.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, her family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida in the late 1970’s. The first in her family to earn a college degree, Dr. Jones first earned an Associate of Arts degree from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina. She then went on to earn a Bachelors in Counseling and Human Services from Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina; a Masters in Career and Technology Education from Clemson University; a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership from the University of South Carolina; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Prior to serving in executive-level leadership roles, Dr. Jones served for approximately 13 years in administrative support positions – supporting executives in mortgage banking, universities, law firms, sporting goods, and manufacturing engineers; and eventually transitioned into higher education.
Very active in the community, Dr. Jones has served on the following boards: Arts Council of Greenwood, Meg’s House women’s shelter, the Bluffton Boys and Girls Club, the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening, the United Way of Greenville County, and the Hispanic Alliance. Other service has included active participation in Greenville Women Giving, Education First, Incorporated, Redemption Church, and the National Coalition Building Institute.
When she’s not working, Dr. Jones enjoys working out at least six days per week, healthy cooking, watching movies, spending time with family and special friends, expressing her creative writing at her writing site: www.writevoices.com, volunteering at church as an I.T. support technician, and is currently studying to become an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor.