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May 13, 2009

 

Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology naming ceremony is May 14

Shown with the new Jordan College logo, from left, are Dr. Peter Mehas, President John D. Welty, Dean Charles Boyer, Mrs. Dee Jordan.

The naming of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology was be celebrated Thursday, May 14, at at California State University, Fresno. The ceremony was held outdoors on the east side of the Ag Science building.

The California State University Board of Trustees approved the name May 13.

On April 23, 2009, a gift of $29,442,516 was presented to the college by Dee Jordan on behalf of her late husband Hanabul “Bud” Jordan and his late brother, Lowell Jordan. The gift is the largest single cash gift in the history of Fresno State or the California State University system. This prompted Fresno State President John Welty to petition the trustees of the CSU to name the college in honor of the Jordans.

Participating in the ceremony will be Welty; Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the college; Ag One Foundation President Cristel Tufenkjian, faculty member Dr. Andrew Larson, student and Jordan Scholarship recipient Jaime Flores, and donor Dee Jordan.

During the event, a new logo bearing the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology name was revealed. A barbecue lunch followed.

The Jordan family is from the East Bay, where Bud owned and operated FL Construction, a general contracting business headquartered in Hayward. Lowell lived on the family Four Bar J ranch in Dublin, tending to a small herd of highlander cattle.

The gift is a testament to the importance of relationships. Fresno State agricultural economics professor emeritus Bob Glim and his wife Dorothy introduced the Jordan family to the work of the college at a motor home rally.

He did such a great job that they began a scholarship endowment in November 1995 through the college’s Ag One Foundation without ever setting foot on the campus. Over the years, the Jordan family contributed $130,000 to this endowment, which supports six to seven deserving students each year with scholarships of $1,000.

After the first gift was made, new friendships were formed with Ag One Executive Director Alcidia Freitas Gomes. She visited the Jordans a few times each year, bringing news of the Jordan scholarship recipients and faculty along with products from the Fresno State farm. She and Boyer continue this tradition.

The Jordan gift is transformational for the college. New facilities and research opportunities will position the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the leading edge of agricultural education in California.