SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.
Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for July 2012
Assistant Vice President
Undergraduate Enrollment Management
Jordan was born in San Jose, California, but grew up mostly in the small community of Brookings, Oregon. He studied sociology and business at the University of Oregon, and eventually found his way to Seattle University where he completed a Master of Public Administration degree. Jordan has worked in financial aid since 1994, originally at Seattle University for a number of years and then briefly at Seattle Central Community College, where he served at the Director of Financial Aid.
Jordan joined SPU in 2004 as the Director of Student Financial Services, and just this last year was also named assistant VP. When asked what he most appreciates about working at SPU, Jordan said “I love the diversity of thought in this place.” Much to his initial surprise, after transitioning to SPU from other institutions of higher education in Seattle he was amazed at the creativity and breadth of perspective represented at SPU, compared to other schools he’s been at.
Another highlight of SPU for Jordan is the intentional focus on students. “The idea of supporting students is the lens that we look at our work through, and I love that,” he says. He also enjoys being able to work with a community that demonstrates such a high level of competency in their work. Whether in his own department or in offices that he partners with, Jordan says that he is “surrounded by people who simply do excellent work, without constantly seeking recognition for it.”
In his role as assistant VP, Jordan supports undergraduate enrollment efforts in a variety of ways including writing reports for the Board of Trustees, facilitating meetings, and lifting up key initiatives to the VP of University Relations and other SPU administration. As the director of Student Financial Services, he works with his team to make sure that students are receiving the correct amount of funding for their education. He also oversees the work to ensure that SPU’s financial aid process meets state and federal guidelines. SFS also manages all student accounts, student loans, and student employment.
This April, Jordan and his wife Lora celebrated 13 years of marriage. Together they are raising three children, ages 16, 9, and 4, and one dog named Kyla. He describes their home in Mill Creek as “a very loud and fun house.” When he’s not at SPU, Jordan is a big baseball fan. His wife Lora knows that Jordan can invent a baseball analogy to make almost any point or teach any life lesson. And what is his favorite team? “Well, I follow the Mariners…because they’re here. Even though they’re not very good.”
Jordan also loves to read. Although he’s reading mostly Dr. Seuss these days, what he really enjoys are essays and poetry. He’s a big fan of Pablo Neruda, Dylan Thomas, Anne Lamott, and Donald Miller. That last author in particular has become a true favorite. Years ago Jordan found that he deeply resonated with the honesty of Donald Miller’s exploration of faith – so much so that he’s now read Blue Like Jazz at least 10 times.
In the immediate future, Jordan is excited to be in the planning stage of a trip to the United Kingdom with his wife next summer. The last time he visited the British Isles was on a backpacking trip with his younger brother in 1998 – a time that Jordan remembers as a deeply healing experience for the two who had been greatly affected by the death of their other brother several years earlier. When asked about his long-term goals, Jordan simply says that he is excited just to get to watch his three kids grow up and see who they will become.
Congratulations Jordan! You are appreciated here.