Canaan Academy Celebration
nty-two Years of Excellence in Education
Friday, September 15, 2017
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Robert J. Jones, Chancellor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robert J. Jones became chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on September 26, 2016. Jones, who served as president of the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) since 2013, is an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader.

Jones’ tenure at one of the SUNY system’s leading research universities followed a 34-year career at the University of Minnesota, a Big Ten land-grant institution, where he began as a plant physiologist in the department of agronomy and plant genetics and rose through a series of academic administrative appointments, serving as senior vice president for academic administration at the University of Minnesota System from 2004 to 2013.

A Georgia native, Jones, 66, earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Fort Valley State College, a master’s degree in crop physiology from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate in crop physiology from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He began his academic career as a faculty member at Minnesota and became an internationally respected authority on plant physiology. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

Throughout his career, Dr. Jones has worked to make education available to promising young scholars around the world, speaking and teaching in Africa, Asia and Europe. From 1984-1994, he worked with Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the Archbishop’s South African Education Program as an academic and scientific consultant.

Scholarship a student at Canaan Academy

Canaan Academy Students are doing AMAZING work: contributing to the community; teaching in Ecuador; practicing as performing artists; attending law school and college, and so much more!

You can help more children to achieve excellence by becoming a “Friend of Canaan Academy.”

Financial support is needed for tuition, after school programs, and basic supplies.

There are 3 Ways You can Give!

1. By Mail: Send a check made payable to Canaan Development Foundation,
404 W. Main Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

2. Online: Visit to give by credit card and select “Donate to Canaan Academy.”

3. In Person: Stop by the Administrative Office at 404 W. Main Street, Urbana

Become a “Friend of Canaan Academy” by making a tax-deductible contribution to scholarship a deserving underprivileged student (s)! Canaan Development Foundation is recognized under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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“Friends of Canaan Academy” are invited to join us as Canaan Academy celebrates 22 years of excellence in education.
Friday September 15, 2017
Canaan Academy
207 North Central
Urbana, Illinois

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