Wilma Hacker Jordan (’70)

Category: Awards | Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna

2017 Distinguished Alumna Award Winner

While building extraordinary success in media and advertising investment, Wilma Jordan has continued to support her alma mater and bring recognition to UT and the Haslam College of Business.

While she was still a UT student, she became CEO and one of three founders and initial shareholders of the 13-30 Corporation, which purchased and revitalized Esquire magazine and eventually became Whittle Communications. Since 1987, she has led the Jordan Edmiston Group to become the most successful independent investment bank for the information, marketing, media, software, and tech-enabled-services sectors.

Jordan helped establish the Executive Women of Knoxville in 1979.Throughout her career, she has served on the board of directors for Lin Broadcasting, Lin Television, Clayton Homes, and Lin TV. Jordan currently serves on the board of Knoxville-based JTV and of Fenimore Asset Management, and she is a trustee of Guideposts, a company that produces faith-based publications. She was named the Financial Women’s Association of New York Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000 and received an honorary doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University in 2009.

At UT, Jordan has served as a member of the UT Development Council and the Haslam College of Business Advisory Council to the Dean, and she chaired the Haslam College of Business 21st Century Campaign. She was named Volunteer of the Year in 1999 and received an Accomplished Alumni Award in 2016.