University of Tennessee

Jordan Honored with Accomplished Alumni Award

May 30, 2016

Wilma Jordan, founder and CEO of the Jordan, Edmiston Group in New York, was honored by the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with an Accomplished Alumni Award. Presented in the spring, the award recognizes notable alumni for success and distinction within their field.

Leading one of the most successful independent investment banks for the media, information, marketing, software and tech-enabled services sectors since 1987, Jordan has been instrumental in completing more than 600 merger and acquisition transactions.

“Wilma deserves this award because of her significant business accomplishments and her commitment to the Haslam College of Business,” said Joe Carcello, head of the Department of Accounting and Information Management. “Her integrity is beyond reproach, and she has been a cornerstone of the Jordan, Edmiston Group’s success.”

Jordan’s experience includes having founded, owned, managed, advised and served on the boards of directors of media, marketing, interactive and technology companies.

She became a founder, initial shareholder and CEO of the 13-30 Corporation while still a student. Later, she was a shareholder, chief operating officer and principal negotiator in the revitalization and 1986 sale of the Esquire Magazine Group.

Jordan has served on the board of directors of numerous companies including Lin Broadcasting, Lin Television, Clayton Homes, Lin TV and Fenimore Asset Management. She was director of Ringier America and a trustee at Guideposts, Inc.

An active volunteer, Jordan is on the board of governors for the Christchurch School in Virginia and on the board of trustees at the Convent of Sacred Heart.

She received the Financial Women’s Association of New York Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2000, the University of Tennessee Volunteer of the Year Award in 1999 and the Haslam College of Business Distinguished Alum Award in 1993.

Jordan’s professional success has not stifled her commitment to East Tennessee and the University of Tennessee. She is a proud native of Knoxville and an alumna of Halls High School and the university. She has served on the UT Development Council and the Haslam College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as the UT Foundation Alliance of Women Philanthropists. Jordan regularly returns to campus to speak with various groups at Haslam and the Neel Corporate Governance Center, and she is an avid supporter of multiple programs within the college.