Dr. Heidi M. Anderson

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    Dr. Heidi M. Anderson

    Heidi M. Anderson, a native of Gary, Ind., assumed the presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Sept. 1, 2018.

    She is the 16th leader of the 1890 land-grant institution in Princess Anne that opened its doors Sept. 13, 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy – initially under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

    A three-time graduate of Purdue University in her native Indiana, Dr. Anderson came to UMES with nearly two decades of leadership experience in higher education.

    “What I personally value about access, quality and opportunity – the tools that close the achievement gap – are at the core of my leadership,” she says.

    She previously was chief academic policymaker at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2015 to 2017, where she managed a $35 million budget and directed 22 academic departments, 10 centers and institutes. She oversaw creation of new degrees in computer science, engineering and clinical mental health counseling.

    She also was part of a team responsible for the design and construction of a $60 million music facility. Most recently she served as a special adviser to Texas A&M Kingsville’s president, where she was responsible for launching a plan for a new college of health sciences.

    Dr. Anderson led efforts in Texas to implement credit-transfer agreements with four community colleges, increase dual-enrollment and secure funding to support student success and faculty development.

    Prior to working in Texas, Dr. Anderson was chief academic policymaker at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2015.

    Between 2006 and 2013, she held several positions at the University of Kentucky, including professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, assistant dean for educational innovation, associate provost for faculty affairs and vice president / associate provost for institutional effectiveness.

    Her classroom experience also includes work as a professor and chair of Auburn University’s Pharmacy Care System Department and as an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy.

    She has served as president and vice president of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

    Dr. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in pharmacy administration, a master’s in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy all from Purdue, which is also a land-grant university.

    Dr. Anderson’s mother encouraged her to go to college because her mother “knew a good education is the road to opportunity, and would allow us to escape the poverty of Gary.”

    UMES’ presidency appeals to her, she says, because its “core values to produce outstanding graduates, who work to make a difference in society by transforming lives, resonates with my own values and my own experiences.”

    “The combination of access to education and opportunity is essential to changing the way people think about themselves and set expectations for successful, productive lives,” she says.

    Dr. Anderson is committed to building on the university’s rich history that will continue to educate students, expand research capacity and “strengthen our footprint in the community.”

    Prior to the public announcement of her appointment, Dr. Anderson visited the UMES campus without fanfare and spoke with several students.

    “What I learned about and from them touched me deeply,” she says. “I look forward to helping support these smart, talented young scholars achieve the bright futures they have earned through their dedication and hard work.”