For 25 of 38 years at Florida State University, Jim Jones has been deeply involved with the athletic program. Through his involvement on numerous boards and committees, Jones was a key figure in
bringing FSU athletics to the next level.
Jones had served on the Athletic Board for 19 years and was the board's chair and faculty representative to the NCAA from 1980-84. Year after year Jones served on selection committees to fill top
level positions within the Athletic Department. The most valuable service to FSU in the area may have been in 1975 when he was a member of the committee which named Bobby Bowden head football coach.
Jones was also involved in the selection of baseball coaches Dick Howser and Mike Martin.
In addition to being a historian of the Civil War and World War II, Jim Jones has been a student of Seminole football. He published FSU One Time: A History of Seminole Football in 1973; FSU
One Time: The Bowden Years in 1984 and Guts and Glory: The Gators and The Seminoles in 1993.
In 1991 he was awarded the permanent designation, Distinguished Teaching Professor.