Eli Jones ’82, dean of Mays Business School, was recently appointed to IBERIABANK Corporation’s Board of Directors. The board oversees the Lafayette, La.-based corporation and holding company for the 129-year-old IBERIABANK.

9149_036-EJ-2-e1435721572279The appointment is Jones’ latest in a career that has encompassed both academic and professional roles. He has served on multiple boards, including: the Advisory Board of Arvest Bank; Mary Bird Perkins Board of Directors; Beta Gamma Sigma Board of Governors; University of Arkansas Technology Development Foundation Board of Directors; and served on the board of directors and chaired the Compensation Committee for Administaff/Insperity.

Currently, Jones is a director on the International Board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and a director on the Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Board of Governors. Recently, he was appointed to the boards of trustees of the Invesco Funds Group.

Jones has served in numerous academic capacities prior to becoming dean of Mays Business School. He was dean of Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and before that, of E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. He also served at the University of Houston for 11 years, where he was assistant professor, associate professor with tenure, full professor, associate dean for executive education programs and, prior to that, the founding executive director of the Sales Excellence Institute at the University of Houston.

As a professor, Jones has taught strategic selling, advanced professional selling, key accounts selling, sales leadership and marketing strategy at the undergraduate and MBA levels, and a Ph.D. seminar on marketing strategy.

Before academia, Jones worked in sales and sales management for three Fortune 100 companies: Quaker Oats, Nabisco and Frito-Lay.