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Jordan to Serve as 2019 Mississippi State Alumni Fellow

2019 Mississippi State Alumni Fellows

Dr. John W. Jordan (Beta Tau–Mississippi State ’72) was recently selected as a 2019 Alumni Fellow by the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. Selected by each of the eight academic colleges, the Program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers, and Fellows are invited to return to campus to meet with students, both in the classroom and informally.


For John W. Jordan, recognition as an Alumni Fellow at Mississippi State University after a 35-year career in education is a very meaningful honor. MSU helped him grow into a dedicated, serious student and placed him on a great path toward a rewarding and inspiring career. And he’s taken the opportunity afforded to him by way of his degrees and worked to bring about positive impact and educational reform in his home state of Mississippi.

John is a three-time Bulldog graduate – proudly boasting his degrees from the university’s College of Education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in social studies education in 1976, a Master of Arts in education in 1980, and a Doctor of Education in school administration in 1982.

As a young adult, John’s MSU degrees allowed him to be seriously considered for professional leadership positions in Mississippi. He began his career as a classroom teacher at E.E. Bass Jr. High School in Greenville and then later at Woolfolk Elementary School in Yazoo City. Following these positions, he returned to MSU and earned master’s and doctoral degrees and worked as a technical writer for the land-grant institution’s Research and Curriculum Unit.

By 1983, John moved into his first public school administrative role as principal of Natchez Cathedral School, where he served for four years. He would follow that role with seven years as an assistant superintendent at Jackson School District. Then in 1994, John spent eight years as Superintendent of Education for the Oxford School District. He then joined the Mississippi Department of Education as Deputy State Superintendent of Education and later in an interim position of State Superintendent of Education.

All these roles have provided John an impressive resume that’s still growing. In 2006, John served as the first executive director in the pre-construction phase of the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Since 2012, John has been executive director of Core Learning, LLC, an educational consulting firm he founded.

In John’s personal and professional life, two individuals have been a great influence. Dr. Robert Fortenberry and Dr. Joseph Haynes – both educators he served with in Jackson. He also cites the College of Education faculty at MSU as being influential to him in his career.

During his career, John has been saluted by MSU on two previous occasions – induction into the MSU Hall of Fame in 1981 and an MSU College of Education Circle of Excellence Award for contributions to the field of education in 1998. Also, in 1998, he was honored as the American Association of School Administrators Mississippi Superintendent of the Year. Additionally, John received the Golden Lamp Award for Service to the Field of Education in 2010 by the Mississippi Association of School Administrators.

John is a native of the community of Carter near Yazoo City. He and his wife, Lou, now reside in Madison. They have three children.

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