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Family of CCU supporter Jordan makes surprise gift to university

January 25, 2008

A large bronze key mounted on a 2,300-pound granite base has been installed in the entrance of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. The 52-inch key, the official emblem of the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor society for business students, was given to the university by Margaret Jordan and McKenzie Jordan in honor of their husband and father, Charles Jordan of Conway.

Jordan, chairman of Chancel Construction Group, is a longtime supporter of the university, having served on the Wall College's Board of Visitors for many years. Mrs. Jordan and son McKenzie Jordan, who also serves on the Board of Visitors, designed the memorial in consultation with Henry Lowenstein, dean of the Wall College of Business. The key was unveiled on Christmas eve as a surprise to Charles Jordan.

"This splendid memorial recognizes the outstanding contribution that Charles Jordan and the entire Jordan family have made to the growth of the Wall College of Business and to the success of our students and graduates," said Lowenstein.

Coastal Carolina's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was established in 1999. The mission of the society is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to recognize personal and professional excellence in the practice of business. Of the 468 Beta Gamma Sigma chapters worldwide, Coastal's is one of only 76 to have attained the designation "premier status," according to Wall College professor Barbara Ritter, adviser to the program.