Alumni eNewsletter: Gallaudet University's first deaf president, I. King Jordan, to retire (Archives)

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson, '68, Chair of the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees, announced at an afternoon press conference today that President I. King Jordan, '70 has decided to retire effective December 31, 2006. Dr. Anderson noted that "King Jordan is an extraordinary man who was the 'right person at the right time' to lead Gallaudet University" and that his tenure will be remembered for "his outstanding accomplishments both as a Chief Executive and as a role model." Dr. Anderson announced that a national search to select Dr. Jordan's successor will begin immediately after the October meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Jordan said that he is "very proud of what has been accomplished since 1988," when he became president and that he has had "the good fortune to be president during a period of growth and prosperity at Gallaudet, as well as during a new era of recognition of the rights and abilities of people who are deaf or hard of hearing."

In his remarks at today's press conference, Dr. Jordan thanked his wife of 36 years, Linda Kephart Jordan, for serving as First Lady of the University and for the countless hours she has contributed to his and the University's success. "Gallaudet is well positioned to become even stronger in the future," Jordan said, "and I intend to continue supporting the University in every way I can for many years to come."

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Posted: 1 Sep 2005

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