Ron Anderson was appointed president of Century College in White Bear Lake Wednesday by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees. He is one of two presidents and two interim presidents appointed Wednesday.
Anderson, 48, is vice president of academic affairs at Century College.
“Ron Anderson is a strong advocate for community and technical college education,” said Chancellor James H. McCormick. “He is dedicated to extending access to higher education to groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such as low-income students, first generation college students and students of color.”
Clarence Hightower, chair of the Board of Trustees’ Human Resources Committee, said, “I am proud that this appointment recognizes the talent that we have developed within our system. Dr. Anderson has overed all the bases as a chief academic officer, chief student affairs office and chief financial officer.”
“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I accept this appointment, and I look forward to serving Century College in the years ahead,” Anderson said.
Previously, Anderson was vice president of finance and administration at Century College; vice president of curriculum, assessment and academic records and vice provost of academic affairs at Capella
University; associate vice president of academic and student affairs, dean of academic affairs, associate dean of academic affairs, and director of research and planning at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. In addition, Anderson has experience as a faculty member teaching applied statistics and psychology at the University of Minnesota, the College of St. Catherine and Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in higher education and Ph.D. in educational psychology, both from the University of Minnesota.
Anderson will replace Larry Litecky, who is retiring. The appointment takes effect July 1.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges serving the higher education needs of Minnesota. The system serves about 277,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 157,000 students in noncredit courses.