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Provost accepts chancellor's post at USC Aiken

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May 03, 2012

Dr. Sandra J. Jordan, Georgia College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been named chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken.

USC President Harris Pastides made the announcement ThursdaySandra JordanSandra Jordan afternoon.

“Sandra Jordan’s background leading a distinguished faculty and advocating tirelessly on behalf of students give her the experience and vision necessary to take the helm at a thriving campus like USC Aiken,” Pastides said. “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.”

Georgia College Interim President Stas Preczewski said the university’s loss is USC Aiken’s gains.

“It comes as no surprise that Provost Jordan was selected as an institutional chancellor through a highly competitive process,” Preczewski said. “Her superb reputation and skills are known throughout our community as well as at the state, national and international levels. It has been my pleasure to serve with and to learn from her.”

Jordan will become the fourth chancellor of USC Aiken, succeeding Dr. Thomas L. Hallman who is retiring after 13 years in that position. Jordan is the first woman to assume the top position at the university.

“I have enjoyed a privileged career, which includes the honor of serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Georgia College,” she said. “I am proud of Georgia College’s accomplishments and grateful for the support I’ve received and the life-long friends I’ve made while serving at this fine university.”

Jordan will assume her new duties July 1 at USC Aiken.

Jordan became Georgia College’s first provost beginning July 2009.

She earned a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Alabama and her doctorate in art history from the University of Georgia. 

She also attended the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education and the 21st Century Leadership Institute. She served as a summer fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Higher Education Management.

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

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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