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March 7, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anderson Named Chancellor of Fayetteville State University
CHAPEL HILL, NC – James A. Anderson, professor of psychology and former vice provost and vice president at the University of Albany in New York, has been elected Chancellor of Fayetteville State University by the Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina. UNC President Erskine Bowles placed Anderson’s name in nomination today (March 7) during the board’s regular March meeting. Anderson, 59, will assume his new duties June 9, succeeding Lloyd V. “Vic” Hackley, who has served as interim chancellor since T.J. Bryan resigned from the post in July 2007.
In recommending Anderson to the Board of Governors, Bowles said: “Over the past three decades, James Anderson has distinguished himself as a dedicated teacher, seasoned administrator, and proven leader. He has taught and held key leadership positions at some of our nation’s finest public universities—including North Carolina State University—and has earned a solid reputation for creative thinking, great integrity and a passionate commitment to helping students succeed academically and reach their full potential. He also comes highly recommended by two UNC chancellors who have worked with him and know him well—Jim Oblinger and Charlie Nelms—so we are not hiring a resume. We are getting the real deal. Dr. Anderson clearly understands the many challenges—and the many opportunities—facing Fayetteville State and the surrounding community, and I am convinced he has the vision and the know-how to take FSU to the next level. I am delighted to bring him back to North Carolina and thrilled that he has agreed to join our leadership team.”
A part of the State University of New York, the University of Albany serves 17,000 students across three campuses. Currently on sabbatical from his faculty post for the spring semester, Dr. Anderson served from 2005-2007 as UA’s Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. In that role he led university efforts to advance students’ academic success and learning, promote diversity and inclusion, and strengthen community partnerships and outreach.
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 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 NC 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 of 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 three 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 has been 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 former administrator at Lansing (Michigan) Community College and former assistant director of admissions at NC State University. They have three daughters: Arie, a nurse living in New Orleans; Amina, a student also living in New Orleans; and Jennifer, an administrator with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. Founded in 1867 as the Howard School for the education of African Americans, today FSU serves a growing student body of nearly 6,700 and is one of the most diverse UNC campuses. The university offers 45 undergraduate and 24 master’s degree programs in the arts and sciences, business and economics, and education, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership. New programs include undergraduate degrees in biotechnology, communications, forensic science, management information systems, and generic nursing.
The University of North Carolina
The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 209,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for gifted students. UNC campuses support a broad array of distinguished liberal-arts programs, two medical schools and one teaching hospital, two law schools, a veterinary school, a school of pharmacy, 11 nursing programs, 15 schools of education, three schools of engineering, and a specialized school for performing artists. The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 11-station statewide broadcast network, is also under the University umbrella.