Jordan Scepanski, PHD – Board Member (Chapel Hill, NC)
Jordan Michael Scepanski is Dean Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach. He holds an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, and graduate degrees from Emory University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville. He most recently was Dean of Library and Learning Resources at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, prior to which he held the position of Executive Director of the Triangle Research Libraries Network, a consortium of Duke, North Carolina Central, and North Carolina State Universities, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked in libraries, library organizations, and academic institutions in California, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, and Tennessee, in Ankara, Turkey, and in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the U.A.E. Mr. Scepanski has taught at California State University, Long Beach and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has lectured and made numerous presentations at other institutions in the U.S. and abroad. In September he visited four Brazilian cities on behalf of the U.S. Department of State under its Speaker and Specialist program and in May he will travel to Indonesia in a similar capacity.
His acquaintance with Turkey dates from the mid-nineteen sixties when he lived in that country as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English as a foreign language to elementary, middle, and secondary school students. He returned with his family in 1981as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Librarianship at Hacettepe University in Ankara and since has been a regular visitor and a presenter at Turkish professional conferences and other scholarly events.
Mr. Scepanski resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, H. Lea Wells, a former librarian who is a specialist in university faculty development and student learning outcomes assessment. They work together as Jordan Wells Associates, consulting on library and information issues and facilitating organizational and staff development.