University of South Carolina

USC Aiken installs Chancellor Sandra Jordan

By Patti McGrath, USC Aiken,

USC Aiken officially ushered in a new era Friday (March 1) with the installation of Sandra Jordan as its fourth chancellor. 

Jordan shared her love for public higher education and her commitment to USC Aiken at an investiture ceremony held late morning in the USC Aiken Convocation Center. She became chancellor July 2012. 

“I am proud of the work of this institution. I love working in higher education. It is my life's work, and it gives me great joy,” Jordan said. “ Here and now I promise you my energy, intellect and commitment to advance USC Aiken's threefold mission to provide students with access to a university dedicated to teaching excellence, to advance knowledge and to put that knowledge to work through regional service.” 

The investiture of a chancellor, marked by music and academic regalia, is a significant event in the life of a university. More than 400 faculty, staff, alumni, Board of Trustees, public officials and community leaders attended the ceremony and watched as USC President Harris Pastides presented Jordon with the USC Aiken medallion, a symbol of the university’s authority. 

“USC Aiken has a powerful history that we must build upon, and we have an exciting future that we are only just beginning to envision. We will always honor our past but we are ready to embrace our bold new future,” she said. “I am greatly honored and sincerely moved to be standing before you as the fourth chancellor of this fine university.” 

Former USC Aiken chancellors Robert Alexander and Thomas Hallman were present, joining an array of leaders who offered remarks of pride, well-wishes and optimism. 

Rep. Roland Smith, Aiken, extolled the importance of having an educated citizenry and the critical role of USC Aiken and other institutions of higher learning. 

Tim Simmons represented the Aiken County Commission of Higher Learning. 

“The Aiken County Commission exists to work as a partner with this university to make it the very best it can be – and in you, our new chancellor – we have found a partner with the vision and determination to take this institution to even greater heights.  I truly believe our best days lie ahead,” Simmons said. 

Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh and North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones were among the speakers as was Dwayne Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Savannah Nuclear Solutions, who represented the business community. 

“This is truly a first class regional university with great vision, drive and values,” Wilson said. “USC Aiken has benefited from great leadership throughout its history and enjoys a strong partnership with the business community – a tradition that I know will continue under your leadership.” 

The USC Aiken community was represented by Donald Miles, alumni; Tripp Warrick, students; Harry Shealy, faculty; and John Hutchens, staff.

USC Aiken is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system with more than 3,200 students pursuing  bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 47 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the No. 1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” 2013 marks 15th consecutive year USC Aiken has been ranked among the top three in the category, including nine years in first place. 

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Posted: 03/01/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/01/13 @ 5:29 PM | Permalink