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Sailing to Success: Broadview University Accounting Program Chair Wins Award

Published on July 23, 2014 by ctannehill

There is more to Accounting Program Chair Charles “Rocky” Jordan than meets the eye.

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Jordan with intermediate accounting students

“He’s quick witted,” said accounting student Sarah Duvall. “His passion for accounting overflows.”

Jordan has been with Broadview University since July 2011. He started as an adjunct instructor, and in April 2013, Jordan also became the accounting program chair. His fervor and willingness to work with students, both in and outside the classroom, has made him a favorite among students and staff.

“Rocky is always readily available, whether at home, work or vacation,” said accounting student Eric Davenport. “That is what makes Rocky on top of all the rest.”

The staff at the Broadview University-Boise campus honored Jordan with a top prize; he won the 2014 Spring Faculty of the Quarter award.

“Rocky consistently goes the extra mile for his students,” said a coworker that nominated Jordan for the award. “This last term, I have seen him work one-on-one with seven of his students—outside of class time. I have also seen him take the suggestions from his students on how they could learn better and incorporate those ideas into his lesson plans so that they would benefit the student.”

Jordan has been a CPA for 35 years, and in that time, he has seen his profession change. “The stigma of accountants used to be bean counters, but now accountants are looked upon as an essential part in the management of most businesses,” said Jordan.

His advice for students?

“Accounting is a very measurable subject,” said Jordan. “When applying for an accounting job, you may be given an exam or asked accounting questions in an interview.” Jordan recommends that students be proactive in getting the most out their education.

“Students really need to focus on education and put time into learning as much as they can,” said Jordan. “The smaller class sizes at Broadview University work toward their advantage because they have more contact time with their instructors, and they should utilize this advantage as much as possible.”

As a former marathon and triathlon runner and two year inhabitant on a 38 foot sailboat, Jordan will continue to teach students lessons both in and out of the classroom.

“We love Rocky,” said business administration student Jacinda Skiles.

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