Dr. Warren Anderson, a higher education professional with broad experience leading student affairs and equity-and-inclusion-related initiatives at multiple institutions, has been named vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Anderson, who will join UW-Eau Claire on Dec. 16, will promote the development and success of students and provide strategic vision, leadership and direction for EDI programs that enhance the quality of life for all UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire – Barron County students, faculty, staff and community members.
“I am delighted that Dr. Warren Anderson will join our executive leadership team in this role,” said Chancellor James Schmidt. “His breadth of experience in cultivating and providing strategic direction for EDI and student affairs initiatives, coupled with his commitment to guiding principles of equity, social justice and overall student success, will be invaluable as we continue our work toward our goals of being an equitable and inclusive university for all students, faculty and staff.”
Most recently Anderson has served as vice president for inclusion and diversity, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, a position he has held since 2016. Under Anderson’s inclusion and diversity leadership, HACC received the 2019 Association of Community College Trustees Northeast Region Equity Award — one of just three regional awards presented nationally — and the national ACCT Charles Kennedy Equity Award.
Previously Anderson was associate provost for student success at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, associate vice president of student affairs-diversity initiatives at Clarkson University in New York, assistant vice president for student affairs at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, and director of student access and support with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. He also served in earlier roles at several institutions leading student activities, a federal GEAR-UP grant initiative, and universitywide and minority student admissions and recruitment.
Anderson holds a doctorate in education with a higher education emphasis from Widener University, a master’s degree in multicultural education and urban transformation from Eastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
“I could not be more excited about joining the Blugold family and becoming a part of UW-Eau Claire’s rich tradition of student engagement and success,” Anderson said. “From the moment I stepped onto campus, I could tell that the students, faculty, staff and administrators all care deeply about creating an environment where all can be successful. Most importantly, I am eager to work with the chancellor and colleagues across campus to build a university rooted in cultural and intercultural competence. As I said during my visit to the campus, I look forward to helping take UW-Eau Claire to the next level. It is an honor to join the family.”
Dr. Marquell Johnson, associate professor and co-chair of the vice chancellor search committee, said Anderson brings to UW-Eau Claire a broad background from both the public and private sectors of higher education.
“Dr. Anderson has successfully navigated the educational environments of both two-year and comprehensive four-year colleges and universities,” Johnson said. “His strengths should serve the university well in continuing our EDI and student affairs momentum. He appears determined and well-equipped to confront the challenges facing our campus community to ensure UW-Eau Claire is a welcoming environment for all students, staff and faculty.
Dr. Brewer Doran, dean of the College of Business and co-chair of the vice chancellor search committee, said both UW-Eau Claire and the surrounding community will gain from Anderson’s experience.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Anderson to UW-Eau Claire,” Doran said. “His deep experience, engaging personality and firm dedication to both EDI and student affairs is certain to help us move to the next level. In addition, he has a long-term commitment to both community service and service to his discipline that will benefit not just UW-Eau Claire but also the larger Eau Claire community.”