BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College graduate Greg Jordan, global managing partner at Reed Smith — one of the world’s largest law firms encompassing more than 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the world — will give the address at Bethany’s Fall Convocation ceremony on Thursday, September 8. The event, an annual tradition at the 171-year-old College, will begin at 11 a.m. in historic Commencement Hall in Old Main.
Jordan will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Laws. G. Ogden Nutting, long-time member of Bethany’s Board of Trustees and benefactor of the College, will be presented with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Nutting serves as publisher of The Ogden Newspapers, Inc., based in Wheeling, W.Va.
“As we celebrate the start of another successful academic year, I am pleased to place before our students such supreme examples of professional success combined with service and respect for others,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “Both Greg and Ogden’s talented leadership is recognized worldwide, and the College is fortunate to have their guidance during such a critical period of growth.”
Jordan, a 1981 magna cum laude Bethany College graduate and 1984 cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law, has been with Reed Smith since 1984. He has served as the managing partner and chairman of the senior management team and the executive committee since 2001.
Jordan has served as chairman of the Bethany College Board of Trustees since 2006.
During his tenure as managing partner, Reed Smith has completed a series of combinations in Europe, California, New York, Chicago, the Middle East and Asia.
In 2003, The American Lawyer named Jordan one of the country's top 45 lawyers under 45. The Lawyer named him to the Global 100, a list of the 100 most influential lawyers, in 2005. And Jordan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995.
Jordan's practice involves primarily banking and financial services litigation, securities and derivative litigation, trade secrets litigation and media and first amendment litigation. He is also in high demand as a speaker, covering issues related to law firm leadership and growth.
Jordan’s expert leadership has led to repeated recognition of Reed Smith’s excellence in client service and commitment to pro bono work, as well as its award-winning diversity initiatives. A 2006 survey by The American Lawyer placed Reed Smith among the five best-managed law firms. And in 2009 the BTI Consulting Group named Reed Smith the leading law firm out of 400 serving Fortune 1000 companies in building and sustaining strong client relationships.
In addition to his role of Chairman of Bethany College's Board of Trustees, Jordan serves on the board of the Carnegie Science Center, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
In a 2010 Bethany seminar on successful leadership, Jordan told students he credits lessons learned at the College for his success. He urged listeners to show respect to everyone and to take advantage of the top-notch learning opportunities at Bethany. “What you do with it is up to you,” he reminded them.
A native of Wheeling, W.Va., Jordan currently resides in Sewickley, Pa., with his wife Ellen and their two daughters Audrey and Emma.
The Fall Convocation is an annual event at Bethany, welcoming students to campus and bringing the entire College community together to celebrate the start of a new academic year. In addition to Jordan’s address, the College will recognize high academic achievers from the spring semester and announce the recipient of several awards, including the Richard B. Kenney Freshman Leadership Award, presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership and character at Bethany.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.