Warren provost steps down after 10 years

    David Jordan announced Nov. 5 his decision to step down after ten years as Earl Warren College provost. Jordan’s resignation will be effective at the end of the academic year on June 30.

    According to Jordan, his decision to resign was made in order to allow someone else the opportunity to take on the position.

    “”It’s been tremendously good fun for 10 years, and rewarding as well,”” Jordan said. “”I did my 10 years; it’s somebody else’s turn. I’ve been here since 1969 and you begin to think about retirement and whether to wait for a whole five years to pull out Š it just seemed wiser.””

    He plans to return and teach a few courses in the anthropology department.

    “”Provosts have very little time to teach, but I guess there’s something in trying to simplify things and make them learnable,”” Jordan said. “”It’s nice to see somebody discover something that seems new.””

    Jordan became provost in 1994 after being part of the anthropology department since 1969. He first came to the university as an assistant professor and was part of the founding faculty for the department.

    Responsibilities as provost included providing programs and ensuring their efficiency.

    “”I enjoy the orientation, advertising the campus to new people,”” Jordan said. “”The orientations we put on are really impressively coordinated and it’s that sort of public performance of the university that I really like.””

    As provost, Jordan also oversaw several academic programs that have grown and diminished over the past 10 years. One of programs which he actively supported was the development of a discussion class for foreign language literature students. Other programs that have grown during Jordan’s administration include the Academic Internship Program and the development of the Health Care Social Issues and Law and Society minors.

    “”Warren has been stable and has been growing. … everyone loves Warren,”” Jordan said. “”These programs have been going on since I came into office and have received good financial support from the administration.””

    With Jordan announcing his resignation, the Office of Academic Affairs will conduct a campuswide search for a new provost.

    According to Jordan, he anticipates that a search committee consisting of student, staff and faculty representatives will be formed to make recommendations in selecting the next provost.

    According to Warren Resident Dean Claire Palmer, there is a concern for ensuring that students and staff members will be involved in the selection process.

    “”We’re nervous about who we get next,”” Palmer said. “”Staff and students need to have input in the process.””

    For some, Jordan’s announcement came as a shock. According to Palmer, Jordan has always made himself available and has always been supportive of programs from the Residential Life office.

    “”The resignation threw me off, and in terms of the grieving process, we’re all in denial,”” Palmer said. “”He’s a wonderful leader for our college. He’s a legend, probably one of the founding fathers of UCSD. He’s absolutely wonderful, extremely brilliant. Š he can’t be replaced.””

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