Goucher College recently named a talented educator president and now St. Mary’s College of Maryland has done the same. A unanimous vote from the Board of Trustees has made chemistry professor and academic dean Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan the newly appointed president of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The announcement came Wednesday after an extensive four-month search for a promising higher education leader.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Jordan as the next president of St. Mary’s College,” said Gail Harmon, chair of the Board of Trustees and Presidential Search Committee, in a prepared statement. She called Dr. Jordan a “superlative new leader” with an impressive background that includes “substantial accomplishments and scholarship in the sciences as well as the development of innovative science education programs. Dr. Jordan will bring added creativity and rigor to the programs of St. Mary’s College,” Harmon added.

At age 53, Dr. Jordan will assume the highly esteemed position on July 1. She will succeed Joseph R. Urgo, who was at the helm of the institution in 2013 when St. Mary’s fell short of a full freshman class. Only two-thirds of the students needed were actually enrolled for the next school year, a fairly empty first year class that, at the time, was predicted to cost St. Mary’s a $3.5 million loss in tuition.

The future now looks brighter for St. Mary’s with a brand new president ready to pave the way to success for students, faculty and staff alike.

“St. Mary’s College is an institution where individuals have a strong sense of their history, an understanding of their mission, and an eye toward the future,” Dr. Jordan said in a statement. “It is an institution where committed leadership, creativity, innovation, collaboration, and integrity are expected of and appreciated by everyone in the community. St. Mary’s is at a unique point, filled with achievement and vast opportunities for continued growth, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead this distinguished institution.”

Dr. Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fisk University and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Purdue University. She also has ties to the D.C. area. Dr. Jordan is from Forestville, Maryland, and she served as director of the Science Education Alliance of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


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