Becker College appoints David Jordan as Inaugural Director of Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College
Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Seven Hills Foundation President David A. Jordan, DHA, MPA, as the inaugural director of the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. Jordan will receive no compensation for his services and expertise.
“Dr. Jordan is a highly accomplished social entrepreneur and innovator who has brought about significant and remarkable change in communities locally, and globally,” said Johnson. “The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College complements our vision and mission, expands the global concept of education we provide, and will develop social business entrepreneurs who can transform lives and communities. Becker College is fortunate to have Dr. Jordan as the centre’s inaugural director.”
The Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College, in partnership with Seven Hills Foundation, was established in May 2015 via a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between internationally renowned Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Becker College. The vision for the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College is to empower individuals to identify world problems and create self-sustaining business solutions that have social impact, while generating jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities that drive economic development regionally and around the world. Becker’s centre is one of a handful of higher education-based centres in the world—and the first officially sanctioned Yunus Social Business Centre in the United States.
“I am honored to be named to this prestigious position at Becker College,” said Jordan. “I have dedicated my life to effecting positive change on local and global platforms, and intend for students to gain practice-oriented insight, knowledge, and skills in driving social innovations, which are critical to the success of a range of industries—from nonprofit to for-profit businesses. In addition to providing integrated health care and human service programs to 25,000 individuals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Seven Hills supports development efforts in eight under-developed countries in Africa and South America.”
Jordan is a member of the Becker College Board of Trustees and its Professor of Practice in Social Innovation, a non-tenure-track appointment based on skills and expertise acquired in a nonacademic career—roles for which he also receives no compensation.
Jordan is a longtime adjunct professor at Clark University, where he teaches courses in social entrepreneurship and other graduate and undergraduate level subjects. He holds a doctorate in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, a master of public administration from Clark University, a master of arts in human development from Salve Regina University, and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Rhode Island.
Professor Muhammad Yunus, who will be the featured speaker at Becker College’s Presidential Speaker Series on April 5, 2016, at Mechanics Hall, pioneered the concept of social business, using micro-finance to help the world’s poor develop self-sustainable businesses. He has been recognized with more than 100 awards from 26 countries, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. In 2012, Fortune magazine named him one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of all time.