Dr. Howard Jordan, Jr. served as president of Savannah State College from 1963 and until 1971.
Dr. Howard Jordan, Jr. became president of Savannah State College in September 1963 following the death of William K. Payne in August 1963. During his tenure as president the college established Savannah’s first graduate program in education (Master of Science in Elementary Education, 1968) and saw the program gain NCATE accreditation. Additionally, white students were admitted to the college as a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the first white faculty members were hired.
Also during Jordan’s administration a major building program began which resulted in the construction of a modern student union, new football stadium, fine arts building, Payne Hall, and new dormitories for men and women.