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Vernon E. Jordan Jr.    

Lawyer, Business Executive and Civil Rights Activist

Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is an American business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. A leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he was chosen by President Bill Clinton as a close adviser. Jordan has become known as an influential figure in American politics.

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. served on the Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2014, and chaired the Howard University Presidential Search Committee in 2014. He is senior managing director of Lazard Frères & Co., LLC, New York, and senior counsel in the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, in Washington, DC.

Mr. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University and a J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law. He was chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition team, and is both a past president of the National Urban League and former executive director of the United Negro College Fund.

His corporate and other directorships include: American Express Company (Senior Advisor); Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.; Lazard Ltd; Xerox Corporation; and International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold. He is a member of the Bars of Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Georgia, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, The Bilderberg Meetings, and past president of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.

He holds honorary degrees from more than 70 colleges and universities in America and is the author of "Vernon Can Read! A Memoir." In 2007, his portrait was unveiled in the Great Hall of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

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