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Dan Jordan to step down as Monticello’s president in November 2008

Posted by lbanner on September 27, 2007

Daniel P. Jordan, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation since 1985, will leave his position as Monticello’s chief executive effective Nov. 1, 2008. Mr. Jordan, 69, said that he and his wife, Lou, made the decision after consultation with members of the foundation’s board and that the announcement was being made more than a year in advance in the best interests of Monticello.

“This time frame will allow the board and the foundation to conduct a proper search for a successor,” said Mr. Jordan, “and it should make for a smooth transition for a tremendous organization that – thanks to the efforts and contributions of so many dedicated people – it has been a privilege to serve for more than two decades.”

The news release from the Thomas Jefferson Foundation notes that during Mr. Jordan’s tenure as president Monticello has realized a number of accomplishments, among them the founding of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants, and the Monticello Education Department; the establishment in 1993 of an endowment that now stands at more than $100 million; the development of the Thomas Jefferson Parkway (including Kemper Park, Saunders Bridge, and the Saunders-Monticello Trail); the opening of the Jefferson Library; the 1993 observance of the 250th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth; the 2003 commemoration of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition; the start of editorial work on and the publication of the first volumes of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series; the publication of more than 30 other books; the launch of Monticello’s Web site; the purchase of Montalto; the constant expansion in both depth and scope of numerous interpretive, research, education, and restoration programs; and inclusion on the United Nations’ World Heritage List.

Mr. Jordan said he plans to “finish strong” and remain deeply involved in Monticello’s operations and projects, especially the construction of and fund-raising for the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center and Smith History Center, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008.

The foundation has formed a search committee consisting of Jeffrey C. Walker, chairman of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, board Vice Chairman and Treasurer Alice W. Handy, Trustees H. Eugene Lockhart, Jr., and Howard P. Milstein, and Emeritus Trustee Rebecca W. Rimel, and will retain an executive search firm to assist in the process of hiring a new president.


One Response to “Dan Jordan to step down as Monticello’s president in November 2008”

  1. […] professional,” said Thomas Jefferson Foundation President Daniel P. Jordan, who will also be leaving the Foundation in 2008. “She leaves with our gratitude and very best […]

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