Olan O. Jones, Jr.

Olan O. Jones, Jr. 2007 Outstanding Alumnus
Class of 1975, 1977

Olan Jones is the President/CEO of Eastman Credit Union headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee . Eastman Credit Union is a multi-state credit union that was chartered in 1934 with current assets of $1.8 billion and over 89,000 members located in 49 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries.

Jones was appointed President/CEO of Eastman Credit Union in January 1998, after serving nine months as Chief Operations Officers. Prior to this, he had a 20-year career with Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical Company where he worked in many different assignments in corporate Human Resources and Finance.

Jones received a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration at East Tennessee State University He has been married for 30+ years to his wife Sylvia. They have two adult children; Sarah, a school teacher who received her BS and Masters at ETSU and Kevin, who is currently working toward his Masters degree at ETSU. He and his family are members of First Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Jones is very involved in both charitable and community organizations. He also currently serves on the board of numerous regional and national organizations.

Jones is also a Distinguished Past President of Kiwanis and has also served on the “Thrift Institutions Advisory Council,” an advisory council to the Federal Reserve Board. In 2006, Jones was the recipient of the ETSU College of Business and Technology's “Lifetime Achievement in Business Award.”

Jones is most proud of the progress and growth of Eastman Credit Union over the past ten years and his association with the Board, staff, and members of Eastman Credit Union. He credits most of his success in life to his family, teachers, co-workers, and especially to his wife Sylvia.

Jones, since graduation in 1977 from ETSU, has remained constantly involved with the university being involved with the ETSU Fundraising efforts, The Pirate Club, Alumni Association, and numerous university study groups and advisory boards. He has always supported ETSU and is very proud of his alma mater. He indicates his blood really is blue and gold. He is also very pleased of the positive impact ETSU has had on the entire region and deeply respects the leadership that Dr. Paul Stanton has provided to the university. Finally, he would like to thank all of the professors at ETSU who challenged him during his college days and taught him not WHAT to think but HOW to think.