Heidi M. Anderson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore since September 2018, has assumed the chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Board of Directors. She began her new duties at the association’s annual conference in Carlsbad, California.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems. According to the association’s website, member institutions “share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.”
“I am both honored and eager to collaborate with our AASCU campuses in pursuit of innovative actions and strategies that will enhance new majority student success,” Dr. Anderson said. “As a catalyst for our conversations, my theme for the year and for the 2023 annual conference is ‘AASCU Leading for Democracy: Rebuild, Restore, Reframe.’ At this significant time in our history as educators, I look forward to conversations exploring transformations consistent with the AASCU mission and vision.”
Before being appointed president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2018, Dr. Anderson had been a special advisor to the president of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She served as provost and vice president for academic affairs there from 2015 to 2017. From 2013 to 2015, Dr. Anderson was provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Previously, she was vice president for institutional effectiveness at the University of Kentucky. She served as a faculty member and an administrator at the University of Kentucky for 11 years.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, a master’s degree in education, and a Ph.D. in pharmacy administration, all from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.