|Name||Robert B. Jordan, III|
|Address||399 Ocean Blvd W |
Mt. Gilead, North Carolina , United States
|| May 17, 1932
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
Jan 19, 2016 12:06am
|Info||Bob Jordan was born in 1932 in the small Montgomery County town of Mount Gilead where he and his wife Sarah live today. Growing up in a family that valued civic involvement, Jordan from a young age learned the importance of public service. For inspiration he looked to his father, a founder of Jordan Lumber, the family business. His early life experiences convinced young Bob Jordan that public service was a noble undertaking. |
In 1954 Jordan graduated with honors from North Carolina State University (then College) with a Bachelor of Science in forestry; he then served for two years in the U.S. Army. A month after returning home, Jordan secured a spot on the town council. In 1958 he married Sarah Cole, a Raeford schoolteacher. Together they immersed themselves in business, community, and public life.
In 1961 Bob Jordan became one of the youngest members of the UNC Board of Trustees, where for ten years he was instrumental in expanding the system from three to six universities and forming the Board of Governors and the sixteen-campus system. An original member of the Board of Governors, he chaired the committee that studied the establishment of a medical school at East Carolina University.
In 1976 Jordan was elected to the North Carolina Senate, where he served four consecutive terms and led initiatives promoting sound fiscal policy, improving education, and championing children's issues. From 1985 to 1989, Jordan served as lieutenant governor. Using the strength of this office, he led efforts to improve economic and educational opportunities for children and adults. These included the Basic Education Program, a blueprint for providing equal access to quality education. He promoted the creation of the Recreational and Natural Heritage Trust Fund, to fund the purchase and preservation of land for future generations.
In partnership with his brother Jack and his son, Robert Jordan is now president of Jordan Lumber and Supply Inc. The Mount Gilead business is a national industry leader and has grown from thirteen employees in 1957 to one providing more than 300 jobs today. Bob Jordan's service to the state has been recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Watauga Award, NCSU's highest nonacademic honor. In March 2000 Bob and Sarah Jordan received the national United Methodist Association's "Outstanding Philanthropists" Award.