We all know that Dr. Steven Jordan has done terrific things for this university during his presidency, but we don’t hear enough about Eastern’s first lady Ruthie Jordan. So what are we to think of her? That she’s not involved in EWU, that she has other obligations more important to her as most people would. Well she’s actually as involved in the school as she might be if she were employed here.
She has been married to Dr. Jordan for sixteen years, a time during which they’ve lived all over the country and experienced many different aspects of education including Dr. Jordan’s occupation as head of planning and budgeting for Arizona’s universities. Mrs. Jordan has previously been involved ed in commercial real estate as well as financial advising, though she now focuses mainly on EWU and how she can play a part in bettering the institution.
Ruthie is in no way obligated to take part in university projects, she actually contributes voluntarily and claims to spend about sixty percent of her time putting for the effort towards the university. She heads the economic restructuring committee and is also a member of the board of directors for Pathways to Progress, a project that she would like to see turn Cheney’s first street into a ” healthy, vibrant, walkable down town.”
While interviewing Mrs. Jordan, I got the feeling that she was very passionate about higher education as well as really giving students that attend Eastern a wonderful college experience by offering them as much as is in her powere to offer. Mrs. Jordan and her husband started and continue funding the Presidential Speaker series, which brought us Senator George Mitchell on the twenty ninth of this month and featured Lech Walesa last year. We are very lucky to be receiving such distinguished political figures during our time in Eastern Washington, a place that isn’t exactly known as being the Mecca of culture in the United States.
Ruthie Jordan is constantly working with the university, and I mean that literally. Dr. Jordan is the first President to actually live in the President’s House in eleven years, which means that Mrs. Jordan is dealing with Eastern twenty four seven. Though the job is demanding, she loves knowing that students of EWU will be impacted on many levels and maybe “reach out and really get involved” in campus life because of her hard work and contributions.
One of Ruthie’s main focuses in Pathways is developing Eastern into a mostly residential school rather than a commuter school, because she feels the commuter students are “missing out on such a great experience” by not living on or around campus. She is a woman whom cares about students so much that she spends the majority of her time volunteering to make our school better and give us the best experiences possible. She is, in addition, an incredibly friendly person. Now if those qualities don’t make for a great first lady of Eastern, I don’t know what qualities would. So next time you see her around campus, let her know that she’s doing a great job.