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James A Anderson Biography

James AndersonDr. James A. Anderson

A scholar who is committed to teaching psychology courses and who possesses stellar administrative credentials was named the 11th Chief Executive Officer of Fayetteville State University on March 7, 2008. Dr. James A. Anderson, who comes to FSU from the State University of New York at Albany, began his duties as Chancellor of the state’s second-oldest public institution on June 9, 2008. The appointment was made by Erskine Bowles, President of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System.

Before coming to FSU Chancellor Anderson served as the University at Albany’s Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He also was a professor in the department of psychology.

Raised in Washington, D.C, Anderson majored in psychology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1970. He later earned a doctoral degree in the field (1980) from Cornell University in New York. Early in his career, Anderson chaired the Department of Psychology at Xavier University in News Orleans (1976-1983) before joining the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a professor of psychology.

In 1992, he began an 11-year tenure as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at North Carolina State University. In that role, he was credited with leading a revision of the general education curriculum, as well as the development of the First Year College, the Honors Programs, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the Minority Engineering Program, and the North Carolina State Diversity Initiative, among others.

In 2003, Anderson was recruited to Texas A&M University, a major land-grant institution serving more than 46,000 students, as Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He held that post until joining the University at Albany in 2005.

Active in professional, civic, and higher-education organizations, Anderson’s research and writing have focused on the assessment of student learning, as well as the impact of diversity on student learning, retention, and overall institutional effectiveness. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including “The Unfinished Agenda: Brown v. Board of Education” (2004) and “Driving Change through Diversity and Globalization—Transformative Leadership in the Academy” (2007).

A former American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, Danforth Fellow, and National Learning Communities Fellow, he was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award (2005) from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Outstanding Service Award (2004) from the Commission on Human Resources and Social Change of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Villanova University and the Advisory Board of the International Center for Student Success and Institutional Accountability.

Anderson is married to Nancy Anderson, a Michigan native, and Michigan State University graduate. They have three daughters and three grandsons.

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