Halbert McNair Jones
Leadership in the business world combined with leadership in the affairs of his church and community is one measure of the life of Halbert McNair Jones. Born in Scotland Country, he was the Chairman of the Board of Waverly Mills, manufacturers of synthetic yarn. Earlier he was also associated with Edwin Morgan in Scotland Mills in the manufacture of finished goods under the Morgan-Jones label.
Most of his adult life he was deeply involved in the affairs of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and one of its predecessor institutions, Flora Macdonald College. He served for many years as trustee of the latter, and at one time was both Chairman of the Board and President of that college. He was one of the leaders of the Synod of North Carolina in its study of higher education in the early fifties which led to the consolidation of a number of colleges and the possibility of a new college to be located in eastern North Carolina.
Mr. Jones was chairman of the building committee, which saw the dream of a new campus realized, and was chairman of the development committee that led the effort toward maturity and financial stability in the ongoing life of St. Andrews Presbyterian College.