The Ouachita Speaker Series was launched September 2012 in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. It is presented in conjunction with the Ponce de Leon Center, the Village’s cultural center.
The creation of the Ouachita Speaker Series was inspired by other communities across the country that offer speaker series as open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment, and the exchange of ideas. Distinguished speakers covering an exciting range of topics are invited to share their knowledge and observations, introduce new ideas, and inspire conversation.
Named in honor of Hot Springs Village’s mountainous geographic location, the Ouachita Speaker Series is held appropriately in the Ouachita Activities Building at 1101 DeSoto Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.
The project is envisioned as a way to bring inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year to complement the outstanding musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the year.
Tickets are available online at www.hsvticketsales.com or at the Ponce de Leon Center office, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Ouachita Speaker Series is a proud member of the Hot Springs Village Arts Council and the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce.
Will K. Jones served five years as Vice President of Oklahoma Christian University of Sciences and Arts and President of Enterprise Square USA, overseeing the operation of a 65,000 square foot high-tech museum and training center on the University’s campus as well as two national education institutes. During his five-year, over two and half million dollars was raised for its renovation. Jones directed the design, development and construction of this revitalization.
Prior to assuming the leadership of Enterprise Square, Jones was a senior executive with the United States Information Agency (USIA), in Washington, D.C serving first as Director of the International Exhibits Service, and later as Director of the Washington Relocation Project. In 1988 and 1992, he was a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Design Award for Federal Design Achievement awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
While Director of the USIA’s International Exhibits Service, he directed the development, production and management of USIA scientific, technological and cultural exhibits and programs worldwide. In addition, he directed the United States participation at Worlds Fairs, from 1986 to 1995 Jones served as the United States government’s representative to the Bureau of International Expositions located in Paris and was Vice President of the Bureau’s Executive Committee.
Before joining the USIA, Jones served for 18 years as a Museum Director for the National Archives and Records Administration. He joined the Archives as Curator of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum and directed a major renovation and expansion of the museum. In 1979, he became the Director of the Museum Service Center of the Office of Presidential Libraries, and in 1980, after directing the construction of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan; he was appointed its first Director.
Jones received his under-graduate and graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He is a member and has served as an officer in numerous national and international professional, historical, museum and management societies.
In 1998, Jones was appointed to the Oklahoma Arts Council. During his years on the Council Jones served as Vice Chairman. He served the Council until 2014. In addition, he served as a member of several committees of the Oklahoma City Murrah Bombing Memorial. Jones was one of a three-member team that designed and built the first Oklahoma City Memorial exhibition. He has published extensively in the fields of Native American ethnology, museum design and exhibit development and management.