Dr. Sandra J. Jordan became the fourth Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken on July 1, 2012 and, as Chancellor, serves as the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson for the University. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Jordan has served in a number of leadership positions at universities, including Department Chair, Dean, Vice Provost, and Provost before becoming Chancellor.
Dr. Jordan received her Doctorate (Ph.D.) and Master of Arts degrees in the History of Art from the University of Georgia. Dr. Jordan attended the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education; the 21st Century Leadership Institute sponsored by ALIA and AASCU, and was a summer fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Higher Education Management.
Dr. Jordan is an active member of the community, serving on numerous boards and civic organizations and is committed to providing opportunities for USC Aiken to expand civic engagement. Additionally, she serves on the Executive Board of the Southern Association of Colleges/ Commission on Colleges; the Southeastern University Conference; the South Carolina Women in Higher Education board of directors; the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) board; the United Way board of directors; the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) board; the Board of North Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, the Strom Thurmond Foundation board, and the Peach Belt Conference board of directors and Executive Team. Additionally Dr. Jordan was recently elected to the NCAA Presidents Council. Dr. Jordan is also active in developing future higher education leaders and devotes time to mentoring cabinet level professionals through the national American Academic Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.
Throughout her career she has worked extensively to expand international educational partnerships by negotiating agreements and building alliances with universities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Thailand, Bahrain, Jordan, Korea, Taiwan, Great Britain, the Caribbean, and India. Since her arrival at USC Aiken, and working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students, the university has increased international partnerships; added a Veteran and Military Support Center that has garnered national recognition; increased student enrollment, added a new engineering program and an MBA; increased regional corporate and business partnerships; created a collegiate structure within the university; and increased fundraising to the highest levels in the history of the institution. USC Aiken enjoys high national rankings and works to keep education affordable for the citizens of S.C. by maintaining one of the lowest net costs for attendance in S.C. USC Aiken has a high combined (all students) student completion and progression rate of 80%.
Dr. Jordan and her husband Michael, who is an architect, reside in Aiken. They have one son, Matthew, who is a doctoral candidate at Georgia Tech and conducting electrical engineering research at the French National Lab.