Wilma Jordan (’70)

Category: Accomplished Alumni | Awards

As leader of the most successful independent investment bank for the media, information, marketing, software, and tech-enabled services sectors since 1987, Wilma Jordan has been instrumental in completing more than 600 merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions for global corporations, private companies, entrepreneurs, and private equity and venture capital firms.
A graduate of the Haslam College of Business, Jordan’s approach to M&A advisory services has been influential in forging the firm’s reputation for overall excellence, integrity, and the ability to maximize value for its clients. Her experience includes having founded, owned, managed, advised, and served on the boards of directors of media, marketing, interactive, and technology companies.

Jordan was one of three founders, initial shareholders, and CEO of the 13-30 Corporation, accomplished while she was still a student at UT. She participated as shareholder, chief operating officer, and principal negotiator in the revitalization and 1986 sale of the Esquire Magazine Group. She has served on the board of directors of numerous companies including Lin Broadcasting (NYSE), Lin Television (NASDAQ), Clayton Homes (NYSE), Lin TV (NYSE), Fenimore Asset Management, as director at Ringier America, and is a trustee of 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.

Jordan 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. In April 2016, she was presented with the UT Accomplished Alumni Award by Joe Carcello after she spoke at the Neel Corporate Governance Center.

Jordan’s professional success has not stifled her commitment to East Tennessee and the University of Tennessee. While she divides her time between New York City, Greenwich, and East 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’s Deans Advisory Council, as well as the UT Foundation Alliance of Women Philanthropists. Jordan regularly returns to campus to speak with various groups in the Haslam College and the Neel Corporate Governance Center, and she is an avid supporter of multiple programs within the college.