Dr. Lester Jones, Executive Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Western University of Health Sciences' College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM) has been awarded the 2011 American Podiatric Medical Association's (APMA) Award of Excellence for members.
The award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding national accomplishments in scientific, professional or civic endeavors over a lifetime.
Jones, DPM, MS, will receive the award during the APMA House of Delegates March 20-21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
"It's a humbling experience," Jones said. "You work an entire career trying to achieve excellence, and I don't really think you grasp the achievements that are occurring right before your eyes. What you see you are doing is your job. I don't get with the adage of getting something in return for it. It's the joy of doing a job well done and seeing others advance in scope."
CPM Founding Dean Lawrence B. Harkless, DPM, made the nomination, which was supported by several colleagues and approved by both the APMA's Award and Recognition Committee and its Board of Trustees. Harkless garnered 12 letters of recommendation from many prominent physicians and directors who have worked closely with Dr. Jones throughout his 33-year career.
"This demonstrates high commitment to excellence in education, leadership and service during an outstanding career," Harkless said. "He's one of the hardest-working individuals I know, serving with compassion, humility, integrity and credibility."
Jones has trained literally thousands of students, residents and fellows, most of whom are well-respected private practitioners throughout the nation, others of whom are members of college and residency training programs, faculty members, directors or administrators.
"I look forward to the graduation of the (CPM) inaugural Class of 2013 which will signify the successful conclusion of a truly gratifying opportunity to give back to the profession of podiatric medicine and society," Jones said.