COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Local author and businessman Donald L. Jordan gifted Columbus State University's College of Letters and Sciences with a $3 million endowment to encourage students to continue the art of writing.
A signing ceremony was held to establish the Donald L. Jordan Endowment for Traditional American Writing in the College of Letters and Sciences— the largest single gift to the college and one of the largest to CSU.
Dr. Dennis Rome, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, says this day is one of the most incredible days he's experienced since coming to Columbus.
"This wide-ranging gift from Mr. Jordan will not only support the students in our creative writing program but will also give our students who travel abroad the opportunity to come back and share their experiences with others through their writing," Dr. Rome says.
Jordan's works have been published in national magazines, trade book publishers and with self-publishers.
This contribution will encourage current and future generations of authors to write about people who they hold dear and honor the values of responsibility, gratitude, generosity, faith and love.
The endowment will help student writers develop their craft. The fund also will support three programs at Columbus State University—traditional American writing, creative writing, and study abroad service-learning program.