A founder of the Lemke High School Journalism Project

As a part of its series in celebration of Black History Month, the Razorback Athletic Department is saluting Trailblazers from the African-American community who have attended the University of Arkansas. Several of the honorees in our series were also selected as Silas Hunt Legacy Award recipients recently.

Gerald Jordan is an associate professor in the department of journalism at the University of Arkansas. He works closely with the chancellor to recruit, retain and support talented African American and other minority students, staff and faculty for the campus. He is the first African American chairman of the Arkansas Alumni Association Board of Directors, and he is the founding leader of two alumni societies for black graduates of the university. Jordan was the first and only faculty member at the University of Arkansas to be named as the University of Arkansas Volunteer of the Year. He was one of four University faculty to spearhead an effort to bring more minority students interested in journalism to the university by launching the Lemke High School Journalism Project, in which Hispanic students from the region spend time on campus learning about journalism and putting together a newspaper.

The University of Arkansas’ Office of University Relations provided the content of today’s salute. For more information on the Silas Hunt Legacy Award Event, please jump here.