Since becoming chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, a public Comprehensive University, in July 2012, Dr. Sandra J. Jordan has articulated an ambitious vision for the university aimed at creating transformative opportunities for students and the Central Savannah River communities of South Carolina and beyond. Together with exceptional faculty, committed staff, and a talented leadership team, Chancellor Jordan has completed the university’s Forward Together Strategic Plan that focused on innovation, teaching and learning excellence; and UofSC Aiken completed its first capital campaign.
UofSC Aiken is recognized as a top public, regional comprehensive university in the southeast - one that is focused on maximizing high-impact educational practices, is acutely connected to regional business and industry, and is committed to developing student leaders through purposeful involvement in the community. The university is highly ranked for excellence in performance by U.S. News & World Report, has been No. 1 among Top Public Regional Universities in the South for over a decade, and has been named a College of Distinction, a Great College to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education, and rated No. 1 for Veteran and Military Students by the U.S. News & World Report.
Prior to joining UofSC Aiken, Dr. Jordan served in a number of leadership positions at universities, including department chair, dean, vice provost, and provost before becoming Chancellor. She received her Ph.D. and Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Georgia. She also completed 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. An active member of the community, Chancellor Jordan serves on numerous local, state, and national boards. Currently, Dr. Jordan is on the faculty of American Association of Colleges and Universities’ New President Academy. Multiple honors have been bestowed upon Dr. Jordan throughout her professional career. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award on three occasions, was inducted into the Kentucky Colonels, and in 2018 received the James T. Rogers Distinguished Leadership Award from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), “for extraordinarily distinctive and effective leadership.”