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February 20, 2024

David Jordan drops interim tag, becomes dean of Clark School of Management

A photo of David Jordan Photos | Courtesy of Clark University David Jordan, dean of the School of Management at Clark University

A familiar face in the Worcester business scene is officially in charge of helping shape the next generation of business leaders, as David Jordan has been named to a three-year term as dean of the School of Management at Clark University.

Jordan has been serving as the school’s interim dean since August, following his retirement from his role as the president and CEO of Worcester nonprofit Seven Hills Foundation & Affiliates, which he led for 28 years.

“In his time as interim dean – and drawing on his extensive career in business and nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor at Clark – David has demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and ability to execute big ideas,” David Fithian, president of Clark, and Sebastián Royo, provost of the university, wrote in a joint statement Wednesday announcing Jordan’s appointment. “Since last August, he has brought a new energy and focus and, along with the team at the School of Management, has developed bold plans for the future of the School.”

Jordan, who was a WBJ Power 50 in 2020 and 2022, has spent nearly 20 years as an adjunct professor at the university’s School of Management, School of Professional Studies, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Jordan earned his master’s in public administration at Clark in 2002. 

Jordan told WBJ in October that Clark was one of the few organizations able to pull him out of his recent retirement. 

“If it had been any other organization or quite frankly any other leader, I probably would have said, ‘Thank you, but no thank you,’” Jordan said at the time. 

Jordan’s term is set to end on June 30, 2027. 

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