TTU names James Jordan-Wagner as new College of Business dean

James Jordan-Wagner took the reigns as Tennessee Tech University’s College of Business dean after a national search for that college’s top administrator.

Jordan-Wagner, chairperson of Eastern Illinois University’s School of Business, joined TTU at the end of July.

"I look forward to working with Dr. Jordan-Wagner,” said TTU Provost Jack Armistead. “Tech will benefit tremendously from his wide-ranging professional background, which includes significant experience not only within academe but also in the local, national, and international business communities."

As chairperson at EIU, Jordan-Wagner performed many of the duties of a dean. He was responsible for five majors and an off-campus program, an MBA program with an accounting concentration, and all aspects of maintaining accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for both business and accounting.

Under Jordan-Wagner’s leadership, EIU recently launched the Securities Analysis Center, a live trading center for students. He also led alumni and foundation members to establish a $100,000 student-managed fund.

A strong proponent of international study, Jordan-Wagner has lived abroad for six of the past 19 years, including three years working at a major bond house in London. He led the international program to the Netherlands twice and taught at the United Kingdom branch of a U.S. university for a term.

Jordan-Wagner has extensive experience with AACSB maintenance of accreditation processes and activities, including reporting, peer school selection, defining standards and ensuring curricula standards. He also served as academic coordinator for the finance faculty, where he was responsible for long-term planning, scheduling and assessment, and he helped develop the School of Business strategic plan.

Jordan-Wagner earned his doctorate in finance at the University of North Texas, and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Central Michigan University. He joined EIU in 1990.

The new dean will fill the office left vacant last August when former dean Bob Niebuhr accepted a similar position at the Florida Institute of Technology.

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