From 2008 - 2019 Dr. James A. Anderson served as Chancellor and Professor of Psychology at Fayetteville State University (UNC). He previously served as a senior administrator at SUNY Albany, Texas A&M University, and North Carolina State University. He was a tenured full professor of Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Chairperson of the Department of Psychology at Xavier University of New Orleans.
He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Villanova University where he also served on the Board of Trustees (2000-2010). He is the author of the book
“Driving Change Through Diversity and Globalization: Transformative Leadership in the Academy” (2008, Stylus Publishing, LLC), and he also edited the book “The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education” (2004) which celebrated the 50th anniversary of this landmark decision.
He has consulted with over 300 colleges, universities, and community colleges on topics like student success and achievement, retention, diversity, non-traditional and underserved students, the First Year Experience, learning communities, outcomes assessment, faculty engagement and teaching communities, service learning, the retention of diverse faculty, the institutional application of evidence-based decision making. He continues to serve as a consultant for SACS and has received distinguished awards from a variety of higher education organizations.