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President Emeritus I. King Jordan appointed by President Obama to administrative post

The White House announced on Tuesday, April 6 that Gallaudet President Emeritus I. King Jordan has been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Dr. Jordan will serve on the commission alongside 11 other similarly appointed individuals and the national teacher of the year.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars is a group of eminent private citizens appointed by the president to select and honor presidential scholars. Commissioners are selected from across the country, representing the fields of education, medicine, law, social services, business, and other professions. The commissioners make the difficult choices of selecting scholars from an initial pool of approximately 3,000 candidates who demonstrate exceptional accomplishments in academics and the arts, and an outstanding commitment to public service.

"The Commission on Presidential Scholars is charged with recognizing the future leaders of our country and honoring them for their outstanding achievements," said Obama. "I am grateful that these impressive men and women have agreed to serve on this commission and help a new generation realize their potential and pursue their dreams."

Jordan was the first deaf president of Gallaudet. He joined the faculty of Gallaudet's Department of Psychology in 1973. He became chair of the Department in 1983, and three years later he was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He served as the University's president from 1988-2006 and is presently president emeritus. Jordan is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizen's Medal; he was appointed as vice chair of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in 1990, and he was reappointed to this position in 1993. Jordan earned a B.A. in psychology from Gallaudet in 1970. The following year he earned an M.A., and in 1973 he earned a Ph.D., both degrees in psychology and both from the University of Tennessee.

See the link for the list of President Obama's Commission on Presidential Scholars appointees.


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