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Director Named for Center on Violence

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Carol E. Jordan

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“Ms. Jordan comes to the university as one of the most accomplished experts in Kentucky and nationally on women and the criminal justice system. She brings with her a 20-year history of innovative work at the state level addressing violence against women. Her work has propelled Kentucky to the forefront among states and will assist the university in establishing a premier research center of the highest caliber.”

-- Wendy Baldwin
executive vice president for research,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2003) -- Carol E. Jordan has been named director of the University of Kentucky Center for Research on Violence Against Women. The appointment, subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, was announced today in conjunction with a statewide conference being held in Lexington on violence against women.

“Ms. Jordan comes to the university as one of the most accomplished experts in Kentucky and nationally on women and the criminal justice system,” said Wendy Baldwin, executive vice president for research at UK. “She brings with her a 20-year history of innovative work at the state level addressing violence against women. Her work has propelled Kentucky to the forefront among states and will assist the university in establishing a premier research center of the highest caliber.”

Until her appointment, Jordan served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Services in Frankfort. In that position she secured substantial increases in funding for victim services programs and developed a legislative portfolio of over 30 separate pieces of successful legislation.

In addition to her duties in the Governor’s Office, Jordan also has served for the past year as acting director of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women. During that time, she initiated four research projects; created a Petit Research Grant Program which presently funds nine studies; hosted a national research conference; and secured over $1.7 million in operating, research and endowment funding for the University.

Over the past twenty years, Jordan has received over 30 awards from state and national organizations. She is published widely in peer reviewed journals and is presently co-authoring two books on women, victimization and mental health. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology in 1980 and a master of science degree in clinical psychology in 1983 from Texas A&M University. Jordan also holds a faculty appointment in UK’s Department of Psychology.

“I look forward to becoming part of a university which has a wealth of research talent and a strong commitment to improving the welfare of women. That is the type of environment best suited for advancing an innovative and aggressive research agenda on violence against women,” said Jordan upon accepting the appointment.

The primary focus of the Center for Research on Violence Against Women is to facilitate a strong infrastructure at the university for research on issues related to domestic violence, rape, stalking, and related crimes against women. The center operates with an interdisciplinary faculty advisory committee and an external advisory committee of state and national experts. The Center will also undertake an academic agenda, including creation of a graduate certificate and related teaching initiatives, and will pursue a public service mission.


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