Dear members of the FAS community,
It is with great excitement that I write to announce the appointment of Scott A. Jordan as the next Dean for Administration and Finance for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, starting August 9th.
This role has never been more critical, particularly as institutions of higher education emerge from a year that has given us a new perspective on both barriers to and opportunities for future academic and institutional excellence. From the start of the search process, I knew I needed to find a partner with the bold thinking and ability to build strong relationships that enable innovation in a highly complex organization like ours. I needed someone who understands that to achieve our full aspirations for excellence we need a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive culture and workforce within the FAS. And I needed someone with an unwavering commitment to and understanding of the value of a liberal arts and sciences education and the ground-breaking research that FAS pursues. In Scott, I have found exactly that partner.
Scott is currently the Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer for the University of Connecticut, the flagship state university of Connecticut, comprising the main Storrs campus, four regional campuses, UConn Law School, and the UConn Health medical campus. In this role, Scott leads a large operational and financial portfolio encompassing several departments, including: Budget and Planning, University Controller, Treasury Services, Business Services, Information Technology, Human Resources, Public Safety, Environmental Policy, Facilities Operations, and University Planning, Design, and Construction. During his time at UConn, Scott was responsible for UConn’s $1.5 billion operating budget and a 10-year, $2 billion state-supported capital budget. He also led the adoption of a campus-wide master plan, including construction of a 700-bed dormitory, renovation of a 285,000 square-foot science complex, construction of the new $185 million Hartford campus, and construction of a $100 million recreation center. Scott served UConn with a deep commitment to equity and inclusion, increasing the number of people of color in senior management positions and serving at the forefront of the University’s efforts to engage students around the Black Lives Matter movement.
A long-time resident of Massachusetts, Scott received his undergraduate degree in economics, cum laude, from UMass-Amherst, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Bradford Fellow. Prior to entering higher education, Scott spent two decades in public finance leadership roles for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, serving under five of the last six governors. In his most recent role as Undersecretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Scott oversaw the preparation and management of a $17 billion, five-year statewide capital plan, including higher education campuses, highways, bridges, state buildings, public housing, water infrastructure, and information technology. He also managed a $2 billion, ten-year capital finance program for Massachusetts public higher education, providing new and renovated buildings on each of the 29 campuses of the state college, community college, and University of Massachusetts systems.
A seasoned leader known for his warm, unflappable style, I am delighted that Scott will be bringing his talents and expertise to the FAS. As the Dean for Administration and Finance, he will oversee all FAS administrative functions, including FAS Finance, Human Resources, Research Administration, Facilities, Physical Resources and Planning, and Educational Support Services.
I want to express my appreciation for the extraordinarily accomplished and wise advisory committee who supported this search. I am deeply grateful to these colleagues for contributing their insights and perspectives throughout this process. And I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to thank Mary Ann Bradley for taking on the role of Interim Dean for Administration and Finance, which she acquitted with her usual wisdom, generosity, and contagious sense of optimism.
This is a time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity for higher education, as institutions emerge from the grip of the global pandemic, while simultaneously beginning to build back to a new normal—in some ways perhaps a better normal—that embraces new ways of thinking and doing learned from this experience. I am eager for the benefit of Scott’s experience and leadership as we lean into this moment as a community. Please join me in welcoming Scott to the FAS community!
Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences