Board of Directors
Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.(Ex-Officio) - President, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Stephen M. Jordan has been president of Metropolitan State University of Denver since July 2005.
Since taking the helm, President Jordan has led MSU Denver on a rapid trajectory toward becoming one of the preeminent public urban universities in the nation. Under his leadership, MSU Denver has achieved university status, launched its first master's degree programs, experienced undergraduate enrollment increases at record levels, and seen plans for a new Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center and the Student Success Building come to fruition. Amid deep budget cuts, President Jordan has led nationally recognized initiatives to retool and reposition the University for the future.
With student retention a primary goal, Jordan has increased the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty by nearly 200 and established the First Year Success Program, a learning community with support services that will eventually be offered to all incoming freshman.
As chair of the NCAA’s Division II Presidents Council in 2008 and 2009, Jordan spearheaded new rules that will bring a more appropriate balance between athletics and the entire collegiate experience.
Jordan serves on the boards of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver.
Jordan grew up in Colorado. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a master's degree in public affairs and a doctorate from the University of Colorado Denver.
He and his wife Ruthie have two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.