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Phil Jones steps down as Hillsborough Education Foundation chief

Phil Jones is retiring as president of the Hillsborough Education Foundation

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Phil Jones is retiring as president of the Hillsborough Education Foundation

Barnie Philip “Phil” Jones, who led the Hillsborough Education Foundation for three years after a successful career in retail coffee, has retired, the organization announced Friday.

A search committee will seek a new president while senior marketing director Virginia McGrath serves as interim president. 

Jones founded Barnie's Coffee & Tea Shop Inc. in 1980 and later sold it to the Sara Lee company.

He was hired in 2012 at the education foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of the Hillsborough County School District. As president, he is credited for expanding the organization's college scholarship programs and Teaching Tools, a "store" that provides free classroom supplies for teachers in low-income schools. 

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2016 5:36pm]

    

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