Wayne Anderson has a keen sense of the nature and leadership needs of higher education based on a distinguished career in the field, including 37 years as president of higher education institutions and associations. Dr. Anderson has had extensive experience recruiting administrators and faculty, reviewing candidates and their experiences, interviewing candidates, matching candidates with institutional needs and plans, hiring, assessing the search process and evaluating individuals who have been hired.
He has particular expertise in analyzing the needs of colleges and universities and collaborating with trustees, administrators, faculty and students to design strategic plans to strengthen the institutions and make sure that effective human resources are available to support the aspirations of the institutions.
He has considerable communication and administrative skills and extensive contacts with potential candidates from inside and outside of higher education, based on his active participation in state, regional and national organizations. He has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Association for Collaborative Leadership, the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Georgia Humanities Council.
Deepening his understanding of higher education has been Dr. Anderson’s experience as president of Maryville College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Alabama Independent Colleges and the Associated Colleges of the South. He has also served as director of the Trustee Leadership Program of the Association of Governing Boards and executive assistant to the president of Johns Hopkins University. He has written several articles on major higher education issues and taught political science at four institutions, the last being Emory University. In honor of his service, he has received honorary degrees from Rollins College and Sewanee: The University of the South.
Dr. Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota, his Master of Public and International Affairs degree from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. degree in political science from Georgetown University.