Jordan Michael Scepanski, PHD – Board Member (Chapel Hill, NC)
Jordan Scepanski joined the AGS board of directors in January of 2018 following service with the Turkish-American charitable organization Bridge to Turkiye. He is a former member of the American Peace Corps, who taught English as a Foreign Language to Lise, middle school, and primary school students in Elâziǧ and Pamukova, Turkey in the mid-1960s. He returned to the country as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in 1981 in the Department of Librarianship at Hacettepe University.
Mr. Scepanski is a graduate of Manhattan College in New York City and holds graduate degrees in Librarianship from Emory University and in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. His professional career includes work in his native New York and in the states of Illinois, North Carolina, Tennessee, and California. He was an administrator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and at the Joint University Libraries (later the Vanderbilt University Libraries) in Nashville, Tennessee, and has held positions of director of library and learning resources at California State University, Long Beach; executive director of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a consortium of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Dean of Library and Learning Resources at Zayed University in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
His lecturing, consulting, and professional association work has taken him throughout the United States and on behalf of the U.S. Department of State to Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, and Russia. In addition he has visited Australia, Azerbaijan, China, Cyprus, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand in a professional capacity. He has traversed virtually the entirety of Turkey from Ankara to Adana, Bodrum to Bitlis, Thrace to Trabzon.
Mr. Scepanski is now retired residing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, H. Lea Wells.