“I am thrilled to be joining the Millersville University community as its next president,” Dr. John Anderson said. “With a great foundation of excellence already established, Millersville is poised to take advantage of the rapidly changing landscape in higher education. I look forward, with great enthusiasm, to working with the students, faculty, staff, Council of Trustees and the greater Millersville community in positioning the university for continued success,” he said.
On December 14, 2012 it was announced that Anderson would be the fourteenth president of MU, taking the place of Dr. McNairy who has been president since 2003. Anderson, who is currently president of Alfred State College in New York, was appointed by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) after a national search was conducted and will be assuming his new duties as president starting April 1st.
“Dr. Anderson has a proven record of success throughout his career,” said Board of Governors Chair Guido M. Pichini. “We are confident he will continue that record and will provide outstanding leadership in his new role as president of Millersville University.”
Anderson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics with a minor in chemistry from State University College at Brockport in Brockport, N.Y.; a Master of Arts degree in physics from the State University College of Arts & Sciences at Geneseo in Geneseo, N.Y.; and a Ph.D. in education from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He began working for Alfred State College in 1981 as an assistant professor of chemistry. In 1987 he became a full professor of physics, and he also served as chair of the Faculty Senate and convener of statewide SUNY Local Governance Leaders.
While at Alfred, Anderson has served as president since 2008. He possesses more then 20 years of senior-level administrative experience, including having served as a provost, vice president for institutional advancement and vice president of student services, and he also has 15 years experience as an instructor and professor of chemistry and physics.
PASSHE Chancellor Dr. John C. Cavanaugh stated, “Dr. Anderson has a vast array of administrative and teaching experiences that caused him to stand out among an impressive group of candidates for the Millersville University presidency. I am certain he will be an outstanding president for Millersville and that he will be a valuable addition to the State System and to the extraordinary group of presidents already in place.”
Millersville University is looking forward to welcoming Anderson with open arms. He has done so much for his previous universities; MU can expect to see great things from him while he serves as president.
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Anderson as the 14th president of Millersville University,” said Michael G. Warfel, chair of the university’s Council of Trustees. “As we begin the next chapter in Millersville’s history, we are confident that together we will continue to provide an educational opportunity for our students that is second to none.”
Anderson has also stated that he looks forward to becoming Millersville’s next leader.