@work with Elizabeth Jones, receptionist, UF Information Technology Office

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 9:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 9:58 p.m.

Elizabeth Jones, known as “Miss Betty,” started working for the University of Florida in September 1952 in the College of Education. She's now a receptionist at the UF Information Technology office in Turlington Hall. She has worked at the university longer than any other employee. Today is her 80th birthday.

What are some of the biggest changes that you've seen in your time at UF?

“P.K. Yonge was still in the College of Education when I started work. That was an interesting thing having kindergartners running the hallways … The really big one was the civil rights movement.”

What memories stand out from your time at the university?

“I really feel like it's my university. I certainly feel like this is my department … I watched P.K. Yonge have its own school and Norman Hall become just the College of Education. I saw the Century Tower go up.”

Why have you stayed at UF as long as you have?

“I love people. I love young people. I love to make people laugh … I don't want to retire. I retired twice and I'm not going to retire again. I told them they're going to have to carry me out the next time.”

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