The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education announced late Friday that it has chosen John M. Anderson as the next president of Millersville University.
Anderson, who has been president of Alfred State College in New York since 2008, will assume his new duties April 1. His predecessor, Francine G. McNairy, will retire next month after nearly a decade as MU's president.
Anderson has more than 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 15 years as an instructor and professor of chemistry and physics.
"We look forward to welcoming Dr. Anderson as the 14th president of Millersville University," said Michael G. Warfel, chairman 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."
"I am thrilled to be joining the Millersville University community as its next president," 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."
Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in physics with a minor in chemistry from State University College at Brockport in Brockport, N.Y.; a master's 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. His major area of doctoral study was adult education, with minors in program evaluation and planning and organizational behavior.
Anderson also completed additional post-graduate work at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Alfred.
Anderson developed Alfred's undeclared major program and created the Office of Institutional Advancement, for which he developed and implemented a major-gifts program and annual fund campaign. During his tenure as provost, the college saw significant enrollment growth and raised more than $2.3 million for a variety of academic projects, including the establishment of a manufacturing training center and a new bachelor's degree in manufacturing.
Anderson left Alfred in 2003 to serve for a year as interim executive vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York Institute of Technology before being named executive vice president and provost of Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., a position he held for four years. During his time there, Hartwick's education programs were accredited for the first time, and the college raised nearly $6.5 million for a variety of projects, including the construction of a new social science building.
As president of Alfred, Anderson guided the college through a variety of challenges, including the loss of nearly one-third of its state funding. However, Alfred's enrollment has grown by 22 percent during his tenure and its budget has remained stable, in part through the reallocation of $1 million to new strategic initiatives. The college also has introduced new programs in areas such as sports management, forensic science, human services management and architecture.
Millersville University currently enrolls nearly 8,400 students and offers a broad array of academic programs, including more than 50 master's degrees and professional certifications.