St. Mary’s College of Maryland President Tuajuanda C. Jordan has been selected as an “Influential Marylander” by the Daily Record and will be honored March 26 at an event in Cockeysville, Md.
Fifty-one honorees were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their significant contributions to their respective fields and for their leadership in Maryland in the following areas: civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.
“Accomplishment, leadership and vision describe the 2015 Influential Marylanders. They work hard to spark innovation and progress, meeting a variety of challenges in Maryland and beyond,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “They are always striving and constantly aware of our challenges while both willing and able to meet them. They are, quite simply, inspirational and influential.”
Jordan was inaugurated as St. Mary’s College’s seventh president in October 2014. Prior to St. Mary’s College, Jordan served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., beginning 2011. From 2005 to 2011, Jordan was the director of the Science Education Alliance (SEA) of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. As director, Jordan led a collaborative effort designed to have scientists and educators work together to enhance science literacy while preparing the next generation of scientists. She also headlined the National Genomics Research Initiative in 2008, a program that exposes first-year college students to hands-on genomics research.
Her honors include being named a Purdue University Distinguished Alumni from the School of Agriculture in 2008, and, in 2009, being named a “revolutionary mind” by Seed magazine. In 2014, Jordan was honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter, with its Torchbearer Award, recognizing her contributions in education with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
For a complete list of the 2015 honorees, visit www. thedailyrecord.com/influential-marylanders/winners/