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Chancellor Anderson

He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including "The Unfinished Agenda: Brown v. Board of Education" (2004) and "Driving Change through Diversity and Globalization-Transformative Leadership in the Academy" (2007).

Chancellor James A. Anderson

Chancellor AndersonDr. James A. Anderson serves as Chancellor and Professor of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. He is in his seventh year in this position. He is committed to making FSU a world-class university of choice through advanced technology, new cutting edge academic programs, state of the art classroom buildings and residence halls, expanded partnerships with the community and educational institutions, globalism, student success, community service, and professional development for faculty, staff and students.

"From a Proud Legacy to a Twenty-First Century World-Class University of Choice" will be the guiding theme for the next five years. The three strategic priorities for 2015-2020 are: 1) Retention and Graduation Rates, 2) Collaborations and Partnerships, and, 3) Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Sustainability.

Anderson’s tenure at FSU saw the institution increase its physical stature with some of the most modern and attractive buildings to be found on a college campus.


  • The Rudolph Jones Student Center underwent $23 million in renovations. The transformation included a 69,000 square foot renovation of the existing Center with an addition of 40,000 square feet. Beautiful architectural designs include an expanded multipurpose room, cafeteria, lounges, movie theater, café, offices and other student related functions.
  • A 62,000-square-foot LEED Silver Science and Technology Building opened. The building, awarded for its architectural design, is complete with laboratories for chemistry, forensics, mathematics, physics and computer science.
  • Renaissance Hall, a 336-bed residence hall, welcomed students in 2013. Amenities include spacious rooms with carpet, a full size bed per resident, a large windows in each room that provide a marvelous view of the campus, and WI-FI.
  • The Southeastern North Carolina Nursing Education and Research Center houses hospital nursing labs and robotics labs for psychology.

Anderson also initiated the launch of the largest fund-raising campaign in the institution’s history. "The Campaign for Fayetteville State University: From a Proud Legacy to a 21st Century," seeks to raise $25 million for the following initiatives:

  • Scholarships for Deserving Students
  • Support for Scholar Athletes
  • Professional Development for Faculty and Staff
  • Student Enrichment and Global Enhancement
  • Military and Veteran Partnerships
  • Center for Defense and Homeland Security

The campaign concludes in 2017 when the university celebrates its Sesquicentennial Birthday 1867-2017 (150th Anniversary).

He began his duties as Chancellor of the state's second-oldest public institution on June 9, 2008. Before coming to FSU, Anderson served as the University of Albany's Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity.

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 New Orleans (1976-1983) before joining the 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 North Carolina 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 at Albany in 2005.

Anderson is active in professional, civic, and higher-education organizations. Examples of the many agencies he serves include being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges, a member of the American Council on Education's Commission on Inclusion, the Board of Directors of United Way of Cumberland County, the Educators Serving Educators Advisory Board for Excelsior College in Albany, New York, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sustainability Communities Foundation in Fayetteville.

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 numerous books, including "The Unfinished Agenda: Brown v. Board of Education" (2004) and "Driving Change through Diversity and Globalization-Transformative Leadership in the Academy" (2007).

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