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Holy Cross lands Jordan as new Dean of Students

Holy Cross lands Jordan as new Dean of Students


Holy Cross College is pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly Jordan has joined the College as the Dean of Students.  Jordan served as the Commandant of Cadets (i.e., Dean of Boys) at Culver Military Academy from 2008 - 2013.  Prior to that, he served as the head of the Army ROTC program and as an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame.  During his time with Army ROTC, Jordan led the program to a top national ranking, and he commissioned Holy Cross' first officer, Jeff Clarkson, in 2005.


He is a native of Fort Collins, Colorado.


"Holy Cross is very fortunate to welcome Dr. Jordan to this key leadership role.  He is a talented administrator, an active scholar, and a mission driven, student-centered leader," states Holy Cross Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Tina Holland.  "Furthermore, Dr. Jordan is no stranger to our campus as he has served as a Capstone evaluator since 2005 and is well known among several of our faculty  for his scholarly work and leadership accomplishments."


Dr. Jordan earned his bachelor's degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and both his master's and doctorate degrees in Military History from The Ohio State University. 


Jordan served for over 21 years in the US Army, where he participated in multiple deployments around the world in training, combat, and humanitarian relief operations.  He was decorated for heroism in ground combat for saving the lives of almost 40 Iraqi soldiers.  He spent much of his time on active duty teaching Military History and leadership, serving on the faculties of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the University of Notre Dame, the US Navy War College, the American Military University, and the Culver Academies.  He is in the midst of coordinating a major research project on adolescent leadership involving Notre Dame, Culver Academies, and South Bend's Riley High School.  An award winning educator, Dr. Jordan has numerous scholarly publications and has recently co-authored a book on leadership, entitled Leadership in Agriculture: Case Studies for a New Generation, published by Texas A&M University Press.


The formation of identity, conscience, and faith, along with the development of character and leadership abilities are of particular interest to Dr. Jordan in his scholarly and professional work.  According to Kelly, "I hope to bring my experience in Student Life and student leadership development to Holy Cross to help enhance and expand the College's co-curricular and residential programs.  The Holy Cross mission is an engaging and ennobling pursuit, and I am both humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute by helping students develop competent minds, courageous hearts, and learn to lead lives of purpose."  Commenting on the warmth of the community, Dr. Jordan has been particularly impressed with the welcoming spirit that pervades the campus.  "I pray that I will be able to find how I may best contribute to the community in ways that are positive, constructive, and supportive, and I look forward to working closely with the wonderful Student Life team, learned members of the faculty, and the dedicated members of the staff."


Kelly enjoys running, reading, cross country skiing, and Notre Dame football.  His wife, Roberta, works at Notre Dame as the Program Director for Scholarly Development for the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars, his son Bill works at the Holy Cross House as an assistant activities director, and his daughter Annie is going into her senior year at The Ohio State University, where she is studying forensic anthropology.  He and his family reside in Granger, and they are parishioners at St. Pius X.  Jordan remains involved in conducting research on adolescent leader development, and he is working on a book on adolescent leadership development.


Jordan succeeds Dan Cochran, who served as Holy Cross College's Residence Life Director from 2000 - 2008, and Dean of Students from 2008 - 2013.  Mr. Cochran has been named the college's Associate Vice President for Operations;  he will now work in direct support of the Vice President for Operations on such matters as risk management, compliance, contracted service providers, campus safety, and maintenance.


"We expect a relatively seamless transition as Dan Cochran will continue at the college in a new administrative capacity," says Dr. Holland.  "During his five years as Dean of Students, Dan has developed a strong and cohesive student life staff, while constantly enhancing the professionalism with which Holy Cross educates our students outside of the classroom.  His faith-filled leadership and level-headed attention to details will continue to serve him well in his new position as Associate VP for Operations."


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