Women in Business to feature new USCA chancellor

The Chamber’s Fall Women in Business Luncheon will offer insight into women in leadership roles when USCA Chancellor Dr. Jordan shares her experiences and lessons learned.

As the institution’s fourth, and first female, chancellor, Dr. Jordan is passionate about higher education and believes that leadership roles offer the opportunity to do highly creative work. 

Dr. Jordan has been involved in the higher education arena for the past 26 years and understands the value of learning and growing as a leader.   During the Women in Business Luncheon, she will share her life experiences and lessons learned from her journey as a female in a wide range of leadership roles throughout her career.

 “Leading Off the Beaten Path ...and Other Lessons Learned” will be presented Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Woodside Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost of the luncheon is $30 per person.

“I am excited that USC Aiken's new Chancellor will be our fall speaker for Women in Business,” said Dr. Deidre Martin, USC Aiken, vice chair of Business and Community Development for the Aiken Chamber.

“Dr. Jordan is the University's first female CEO and brings a wonderful background and great enthusiasm to her role. Throughout her career, she has been a change agent and has forged strong partnerships to get things done. I believe the leadership challenges and opportunities she shares will provide valuable insights to all of the women in attendance,” Dr. Martin said.
To register for the Fall Women in Business Luncheon, visit www.aikenchamber.net.

The luncheon is part of the Aiken Chamber’s Women in Business program, a series of events that provide opportunities for women to network and become successful in business through luncheons, seminars, and other pertinent events. 

Sponsors of the Women in Business program are:

Aiken Regional Medical Centers
Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center, Inc.


Meet Dr. Sandra Jordan

Dr. Sandra J. Jordan became the fourth chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken on July 1, 2012.  She actually began her career in South Carolina at Lander University and said she feels like she has made a complete circle and is finally back home.

Prior to joining USC Aiken, she served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia College & State University.

Other positions Dr. Jordan has held include provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Mississippi University for Women; associate provost and also as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Murray State University; 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 received her Doctorate 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. 

An award winning teacher and an active scholar who writes and presents on art historical and higher education topics, Dr. Jordan credits her educational experiences in the arts and humanities for helping her learn how to approach and solve problems. She said she finds leadership to be an immensely creative endeavor, and it never fails to challenge, excite and interest her.

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