Barbara J. Jordan

FMU to Unveil Barbara J. Jordan


Miami Gardens, FL.– On Wednesday, September 15, Florida Memorial University will unveil the Barbara J. Jordan Commissioner of Excellence Collection: “Labor, Learning, Leadership, and Legacy” at the Nathan W. Collier Library.

At 2:00 p.m. in the library’s breezeway, FMU President Jaffus Hardrick will introduce the collection honoring Barbara J. Jordan, former Commissioner of Miami’s District 1. Jordan has longtime ties to FMU, including delivering a past commencement address to the University’s largest graduating class, and helping secure $5 million in funding for the construction of its multi-purpose arena. She also has received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University.

Commissioner Jordan has made an indelible impact over her decades-long career in public service, responsible for the creation of programs and organizations which helped to empower young people and prepare them for future economic independence through employment opportunities. As Assistant County Manager, she oversaw departments that addressed complex social issues, including the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, Office of Community and Economic Development, Department of Business Development, Metro-Miami Action Plan, Consumer Services, Human Resources, Community Action Agency, and the Department of Human Services.

As Commissioner for District 1, Jordan focused on issues facing minorities and the underprivileged. She has been a leader in the areas of affordable housing, small business development, and programs for children and seniors, while fostering continuous economic development.

“Commissioner Jordan has been a friend to FMU for many years,” said Dr. Hardrick. “We are proud to celebrate her life’s work with a collection in her name as part of our library, for the next generation of students to enjoy.”

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