Ingrid Saunders Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Education, majoring in elementary education, in 1969. A former public school teacher in Detroit and Atlanta, she has long dedicated herself to community service.
In 2013, she retired after a 30-year career leading the Coca-Cola Foundation—where she oversaw philanthropic giving. An endowed scholarship in her name helps financially strapped students from the Detroit area attend MSU.
She currently serves as chair of the National Council of Negro Women, based in Washington, D.C. Numerous colleges have honored her contributions with honorary degrees.
In 1995, MSU recognized her with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.