Dr. Sandra J. Jordan to become Chancellor of USC Aiken

Posted May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012

Columbia, SC - Sandra J. Jordan, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University, has been named chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

USC President Harris Pastides made the announcement Thursday (May 3).

"I would like to welcome Sandra Jordan to the University of South Carolina family," Pastides said. "Her background leading a distinguished faculty and advocating tirelessly on behalf of students gives her the experience and vision necessary to take the helm at a thriving campus like USC Aiken. She has the personality and disposition to make new friends for USCA and play an active role in the community. The Board of Trustees and I have high aspirations for the next chancellor, and I am confident we found the right person for the job."

Jordan will become the fourth chancellor of USC Aiken, succeeding Thomas L. Hallman who is retiring after 12 years in that position.

"I am tremendously honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve the campus, community and the University of South Carolina system" Jordan said. "USC Aiken's mission, unwavering dedication to student success and vibrant partnerships with the community, make this an exceptional and exciting position. I am thrilled to accept this invitation to join the Pacers during this pivotal time in the history of the institution and I look forward to working closely with President Pastides, the USC Aiken faculty, staff and students as well as our alumni and friends to build upon the successes that defined this university's first 50 years."

Jordan's appointment marks a return to the state where her higher education career began. From 1986-1989, she was an assistant professor of art history at Lander University and director of the Monsanto Gallery of Art.

Jordan has served in her current role since 2009. As the chief academic officer, she worked extensively with a liberal arts faculty and oversaw the curricula for Georgia College's four academic colleges, graduate programs and numerous other centers and academic units - expanding the number of courses taught through "high-impact" pedagogies and increasing support for undergraduate research and civic engagement. She has worked closely with members of the Georgia General Assembly, and represented the school to community throughout central Georgia. Last year, Jordan was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to a task force to redesign the model for funding higher education in the state of Georgia. Jordan serves on numerous boards and civic clubs and is committed to providing opportunities for the university to engage with the community. Additionally, she serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities board of directors.

During her time in Milledgeville, the school experienced a 300 percent increase in external funding through grants and contracts, and she oversaw a revision of the core curriculum and expanded international opportunities.

"I have enjoyed a privileged career, which includes the very great honor of serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Georgia College," she said. "I am very proud of all that Georgia College has accomplished and I am grateful for the support I've received and life-long friends I've made while serving at this fine university."

Jordan earned her bachelor's degree in art from the University of Alabama, and her doctorate in art history from the University of Georgia. She has also attended the Management Development Program at Harvard University's Institute for Higher Education, the 21st Century Leadership Institute and was a summer fellow at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Higher Education Management. A student of leadership, she is often asked to mentor new leaders at the state and national level.

Prior to joining GCSU, Jordan held teaching and administrative appointments at University of Montevallo, Eastern New Mexico University, Murray State University and Mississippi University for Women.

Jordan has been married for 30 years to Michael Jordan, an architect and graduate of Clemson University. They have a son, Matthew, who is a graduate student in electrical engineering at the University of Alabama. She will begin her new appointment July 1, pending approval of the Board of Trustees at its June meeting.

"I am absolutely delighted that Dr. Jordan has accepted the position as the next Chancellor of USC Aiken," said Ed Callen, chair of USC Aiken's psychology department and chair of the chancellor search committee. "After a comprehensive national search that included many excellent highly-qualified candidates, Dr. Jordan clearly separated herself from the rest as the individual with the skills, leadership, vision, and enthusiasm to take an outstanding institution like USC Aiken and guide us to even greater accomplishments. I look forward to working with her to achieve that goal."