New USC Aiken chancellor has plans for university

AIKEN, S.C. -- Students at USC Aiken are adjusting to the new school year -- and a new leader.

Dr. Sandra Jordan is the first female chancellor to lead the university in its 51-year history.

"I hope that I can serve as a role model to young women who aspire to the highest executive levels," Jordan said.

The school was recently re-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and schools, also known as SACS, of which Jordan was a board member.

"This campus decided on the topic of critical inquiry ... the ability to think critically to solve problems creatively," Jordan said.

Having been at the school for almost two months, She's already had the opportunity to interact with the new freshman, upperclassmen, faculty and staff.

"Everybody said, 'I love it here. I would never work anywhere else. I love being part of this institution,'" Jordan said.

Jordan says she plans to institute "Forward Together," an open panel for students and the community to voice their concerns.

"I'm going to ask people to dream a little bit about how we as an institution will move forward," Jordan said.

One thing is for certain, the new chancellor says she is ready to leave her legacy at USCA.

"I want to be able to say that I was able to strengthen the institution to make it an even richer environment for learning," Jordan said.

The first "Forward Together" meeting will be this coming Tuesday on Sept. 11.

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