CUNY Board Names Peter G. Jordan Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

September 29, 2009 | News from the Chancellor

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today approved the appointment of Peter G. Jordan as Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, as recommended by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. Dr. Jordan has been Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development at LaGuardia Community College since 2004. He succeeds Dr. Garrie W. Moore, who is retiring effective September 30, 2009. A national search to fill the position is underway and a Search Committee is being chaired by York College President Marcia V. Keizs.

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs provides University-wide leadership in a wide range of areas affecting students, such as career services, child care, counseling, student health, athletics, disability services, veterans’ affairs and residential life. Dr. Jordan will oversee student affairs for CUNY, which comprises 23 colleges and professional schools across New York City’s five boroughs and enrolls 260,000 degree seeking students and 269,808 non degree students.

Dr. Jordan will also be responsible for various University initiatives, including the Leadership Academy, CUNY’s special programs (SEEK and College Discovery) and the Black Male Initiative. In addition, he will Chair CUNY’s Chief Student Affairs Officers Council, be responsible for staffing the Board of Trustees Committee for Student Affairs and closely work with the University Student Senate. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs reports to the Chancellor through the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost.

Chancellor Matthew Goldstein stated: “As chief enrollment and student affairs officer at LaGuardia Community College, Dr. Jordan provided exemplary executive leadership in the broad areas of enrollment management and student development. With an extensive career in higher education spanning nearly thirty years he is well-equipped to oversee and coordinate policies and programs that foster student success at CUNY.”

Chancellor Goldstein expressed his appreciation to Dr. Garrie W. Moore for his three years of outstanding service to CUNY’s students. Dr. Moore is returning to North Carolina where he will continue to be active in support of young people.

Dr. Jordan stated: “I welcome this opportunity to serve the City University and its talented students. At a time of record enrollments and a difficult economy it is essential that CUNY’s students have the leadership, support and services they need to achieve academic success and realize their career goals.”

Dr. Jordan has been responsible for fiscal oversight and management of operations and scholarship budgets in excess of $10 million at LaGuardia Community College, as well as three non-profit corporations. In addition to serving as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Development, he has been Board Chair of the LaGuardia College Association, Inc.; Vice Chair of the LaGuardia Childcare Corporation; and Secretary of LaGuardia Auxiliary Enterprises.

Prior to joining LaGuardia Community College in 2002, Dr. Jordan was an Enrollment Management Consultant for Polytechnic University, Brooklyn.

He served as Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs at Vaughn College of Aeronautics from 1999–2002, and was Dean of Student Enrollment at New York Institute of Technology from 1996–1999. Dr. Jordan was also Dean of University Admissions at Polytechnic University from 1993–1996, after having been Director of Admissions there from 1989-1993. He was Associate Dean of University Admissions at Adelphi University from 1988-89 after serving as Assistant Dean of University Admissions there from 1986–1988.

Dr. Jordan holds a B.A. degree in English and History from Colby College, an M.S. in Operations Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also pursued post-graduate studies in instructional leadership and learning styles at St. John’s University.

Dr. Jordan’s dissertation, entitled “Black Male Students’ Success in an Urban Community College,” focused on how African-American male students define success, and the forces they perceive as barriers or facilitators to their success. His research interests include enrollment management, student learning and development, success models for student persistence, learning and development, and student affairs practices that help shape institutional and public policy.

Dr. Jordan was the first African-American elected President of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. He received the CUNY Student Affairs Award for Distinguished Service and Exemplary Leadership in 2007, and is a member of CUNY’s Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Admission. He recently completed eight years as an Overseer for Colby College, and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.