MSU Denver Trustees extend President Jordan’s contract through June 2016
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Cathy Lucas, Office 303-556-5131, Cell 303-916-1002
Posted: October 7, 2014
(Denver) — At Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Board of Trustees Sept. 30 business meeting, the Trustees stated their positive intent to extend President Stephen Jordan’s current contract through June 30, 2016. Jordan was initially appointed president of the University in July 2005.
This is a one-year extension of the existing two-year contract, which expires on June 30, 2015.
“Since I arrived in 2005, we have made important advances toward becoming the preeminent public urban university and I look forward to continuing to serve the University and the Board of Trustees,” said Jordan.
“Dr. Jordan is a game changer in higher education, and as we embark on MSU Denver’s 50th anniversary, we could not be more pleased to have him continue at the University’s helm,” said Board Chair Michelle Lucero.
Lucero added that Jordan has served as MSU Denver’s biggest advocate and brand champion at the state and national level, greatly enhanced the University’s educational quality and commitment to inclusive excellence, and created some of the most innovative public, private partnerships.
Under Jordan’s leadership, MSU Denver has achieved university status, launched its first master’s degree programs in professional accountancy, social work and teacher education, and built the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center and the Student Success Building. Additionally, Jordan has led the charge for an innovative 142,000-square-foot, $60 million Aerospace and Engineering Sciences building that will unite programs in aviation and aerospace science; mechanical, electrical and civil engineering technologies; industrial design; physics; computer information systems and computer science under one roof. The facility, to be located on 7th Street and Auraria Parkway, is slated to break ground in fall 2015 and open in spring 2017.
Jordan has also received national recognition for his commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. In July, he received INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s “Diversity Visionary” award, and MSU Denver received the national magazine’s “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” award earlier this month. Jordan has overseen a number of projects to improve retention and graduation rates among students of color, including establishing the First Year Success Program and an overall goal for the University to achieve the federal designation of Hispanic Serving Institution.
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled, and 75 percent of the university’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.