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).
Dr. James A. Anderson serves as Chancellor and Professor of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. He is completing his fourth year in that position. He is committed to making FSU a university of choice through advanced technology, new cutting edge academic programs, expanded partnerships with the community and educational institutions, globalism, student success, and professional development for faculty, staff and students. The FSU Strategic Plan for 2009-2014 delineates six major priorities for achieving this goal: retention and graduation rates; economic transformation; intellectual and cultural center; leaders and global citizens; collaborations and partnerships; and fiscal resourcefulness and sustainability.
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. He is 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, and 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).