Howard Council Member Jones Featured For Black History Month

The Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences has featured Howard County Council Member Opel Jones among its honorees for 2020’s Black History Month.


Council Member Opel Jones, of Howard County’s District 2, is serving his first term in county office. The Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences has honored him among its month of profiles titled “Mathematically Gifted & Black.”

Dr. Jones, whose doctorate is from Howard University, serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Towson University.

From his online profile, he muses on the ways that his mathematics background has served him professionally and personally:

For students thinking about the mathematical sciences as a career, you can do whatever you want to do with a background in mathematics. I have been a systems engineer, a computer scientist, a higher education administrator, and a faculty member. I’ve known math undergraduates and master’s students to go on to medical school and law school. With the analytical skills, the will to learn, and the drive to achieve, you can do anything with a mathematical background.

Read Dr. Jones’ full profile on the Mathematically Gifted & Black website, hosted by the Network of Minorities in Mathematical Sciences.

Councilmember Jones’ page details his background and district in Howard County.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties