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K-State Today

July 12, 2021

Dennis Jones retires after 35 years of service to K-State

Submitted by David Brown

After 35 years of dedicated State service, Dennis Jones will retire from Kansas State University on Aug. 1. Jones is a payroll accountant in the Resource Center and Operations unit of Human Capital Services.

Jones began his state employment with Kansas Parks and Resources Authority on Sept. 15, 1986. In 1988, he was promoted to a position at K-State in the controller's office/payroll. This department was later moved under Human Capital Services. Through the years, Jones was promoted within the payroll area to many titles, including office specialist, accounting specialist and accountant.

The connection Jones has to the university runs deeper than just his work experience. Jones received his Bachelor of Science in history from K-State in 1986. His father, Harold Jones, worked for the university for many years and held positions at separate times as a teacher, director of extension, and professor of agronomy. In addition, Jones' brother, Allan L. Jones, is responsible for the artwork installed above the main entrance to English/Counseling Services Building on the Manhattan campus, formerly Lafene Student Hospital, at 1612 Steam Place. That work has been a part K-State since 1969.

During his years with the university, Jones has witnessed many changes. He has seen the progression of handwriting payroll data on small index cards to the current day automated process within the HRIS system. He has been an integral part of keeping the payroll running through times of crisis, whether it was an ice storm, tornado, or fire.

For many years, Jones has been a source of information for employees who have questions regarding their paychecks. His current list of duties includes processing local agency payrolls for hundreds of employees, faculty award payments, lost and returned paychecks, paycheck adjustments, transfers, supplemental paycheck processing, and nine-month summer reserve. Above all else, Jones is known for providing top-notch customer service to everyone he comes in contact with, whether it is employees, department contacts or his co-workers. His accomplishments were twice recognized when Jones was awarded USS Employee of the Year in Human Capital Services.

Please join Human Capital Services in wishing Dennis Jones a well-deserved retirement by sending greetings and wishes via email to gopher@k-state.edu or cards to Human Capital Services, c/o David Brown, Edwards Hall.