Ralph Jones, a nearly 50-year member of the Grayson College board of trustees, has resigned from the school’s governing body.

Jones, who has served on the board since 1969, turned in his letter of resignation following the regular board meeting, which he did not attend, on Tuesday.

“I had a wonderful experience,” Jones said to the Herald Democrat on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t trade anything for it. I really enjoyed my affiliation with the college from the very beginning.”

He didn’t go into specifics about his resignation from the board. He has served on the board since 1969, first as an appointee and then as an elected member. Prior to joining the board, Jones also served on committees that helped determine the need for a junior college in Grayson County.

“It has been my privilege to serve on the Grayson Board of Trustees and see the progress being made at the college,” Jones said in his resignation letter. “Grayson College is so important to our area.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, the board appointed Cole, Debbie Plyler and Mack Broiles to a standing committee for board member replacement. That committee will seek a replacement for Jones, who will continue to serve in his position until the vacancy is filled.

“I have an immense admiration for Trustee Jones’ heart for service and a life dedicated to making this amazing place what it is today,” Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen said in a press release announcing Jones’ resignation.

Grayson College recently opened Jones Hall, a new three-story, 99-room residence hall named after the longtime board member. At a public ceremony dedicating the hall in his honor earlier this year, Jones said he was still stunned by the school’s choice of moniker.

“It was overwhelming and the last thing that I would have ever expected,” Jones said. “It was a wonderful dedication and reception. It meant so much to our family.”

At the reception Grayson College board member Ronnie Cole said he was excited to name the facility after Jones.

“When people came up with Ralph’s name, it was a no-brainer — that was the end of discussion,” Cole said. “We couldn’t think of anybody better.”

Last year, the city of Denison awarded Jones with its Moving Forward, Giving Back Award in honor of his support for the college. Former Denison Mayor Jared Johnson credited Jones for his ability to take his banking industry skills and invest in the students of Grayson County.

Anyone interested in serving on the Grayson College board can contact the college for more information at president@grayson.edu.