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Feb. 23, 2012 Volume 33, No. 21

The Weekly Staff Meeting: Claudia Jones-Lewis


Rachel Coward photo

Name:  Claudia Jones-Lewis   

Work place:  School of Social Work

Title:  Fiscal officer

Years at MU:  Five

Hometown:  Columbia

Favorite music:  Jazz and R&B

Favorite sport:  Softball

Favorite vacation spot:  Las Vegas

Family:  Married with one daughter

Undergraduate/graduate education:  BS BA (finance and banking) in 1993 from Mizzou

What are your current job duties?

Manage financial budgets, payroll and grant supervision.

Why are you passionate about your job?

I like working with numbers and being able to explain it to others so they understand.

What is your favorite part about working at Mizzou?

The great health benefits and the chance to work with some really good people.      

If you weren’t doing this for a living, what would your dream job be?

 Not sure, still working on what I want to be when I grow up (smile).

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The ability to work with a team or work alone and to prioritize tasks in my own way.

How do you spend your time away from the university?

With family activities and keeping my daughter involved in various activities (dance, gymnastics, T-ball, soccer, after-school programs).

What do you consider the most rewarding aspects of your job? 

Making my department financially sound.

What is most demanding/challenging?

Getting everyone to use correct forms and follow procedure.

How do you meet these challenges?

I try to find better ways to inform them or make suggestions on where to keep my emails and attachments.

What co-workers say about Jones-Lewis:

“It amazes me how she can always take any circumstance and relate it back to Time + Value = Money. Claudia is exceptionally gifted in taking an idea and calculating the time spent adding in the value to compute the money advantage that the school has obtained. She definitely knows how to work smart in order to get the job done accurately.  Claudia is one of the best fiscal officers that the School of Social Work has had, and we are fortunate to have someone of her caliber in the position.” — Kathleen Claxton-Rogers, academic evaluator, School of Social Work.