Sandra Jordan began her first day as chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken by meeting with two groups of students.
The purpose of Monday’s meetings was twofold: to better understand her new campus, and to reaffirm her commitment and the commitment of the institution to be student-centered.
Jordan, who came from Georgia College and State University, said her long-term goal is to oversee a new vision for the school.
She replaces the retiring Thomas Hallman, who oversaw historic growth in the school’s size, population and academic prestige.
The challenge, Jordan said, will be to continue the momentum that Hallman started while retaining what the school values most – a strong sense of community and an approach to education that is entirely centered on students.
“Students are the reason we are here,” she said. “We don’t want to get so big that we lose those central, core values of this institution.”
Jordan said she is excited to be stepping into a leadership role at a school experiencing growth.
“It’s not a flash in the pan. For the last 10 years, we’ve been high-performing, high-ranking,” Jordan said, “Who wouldn’t want to be a part of USC Aiken?”