Sandra Jordan to become fourth chancellor at USC Aiken
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 GCSU’s chief academic officer, she expanded the number of courses and increased 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. She currently serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities board of directors.
During her time in Milledgeville, the school has 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.
Jordan earned her bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Alabama, and her doctorate in art history from the University of Georgia. 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.
She will begin her new appointment July 1, pending approval of the Board of Trustees at its June meeting.
USC Aiken is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system. The University offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees to more than 3,200 students in 43 degree programs. USC Aiken is ranked the No. 1 public baccalaureate college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide “America’s Best Colleges.” The institution celebrated its 50th year anniversary this year.
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