Dr. Sandra J. Jordan became the fourth Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken on July 1, 2012, and serves as the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson for the University. Prior to becoming Chancellor, Dr. Jordan served as Georgia College & State University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In that leadership position she served as a senior member of the president's cabinet and as chief academic officer for the University.
Additionally, Dr. Jordan served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. Prior, she served as the Associate Provost and also as Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Murray State University (Kentucky), Dean of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University, and Chair of the Department of Art and Interim Dean at the University of Montevallo. Dr. Jordan began her career at Lander University in 1986 as an Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of the Monsanto Gallery.
Dr. Jordan received her Doctorate (Ph.D.) and Master of Arts degree in the History of Art from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art (with teaching certification) from the University of Alabama. Her teaching and scholarly interests include 17th and 18th iconography and intellectual and art history from the Renaissance until the advent of Modernism. She is an award winning teacher and an active scholar, writing and presenting on art historical and higher education topics.
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. A student of leadership, she is often asked to mentor new leaders at the state and national level. Through her position at Georgia College & State University, she worked closely with members of the Georgia General Assembly and represented the university to the community throughout central Georgia. Last year, she was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to a task force to redesign the model for funding higher education in the state of Georgia. Dr. Jordan has likewise served on numerous boards and civic clubs and is committed to providing opportunities for USC Aiken to engage with the community. Additionally, she serves on the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Colleges board of directors.
Dr. Jordan has been married for 31 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. Dr. Jordan and her husband Michael reside in Aiken.