University of Maryland Eastern Shore president Heidi M. Anderson was recently recognized by the Maryland Daily Record in its Power List profile featuring members of higher education throughout the state.

As part of the honor, Dr. Anderson was one of three HBCU representatives in Maryland interviewed for the publication centering on “presidents and administrators who are leading their colleges and universities, policymakers charting a course for the future, advocates striving to improve access and equity and faculty members faculty members on the cutting edge of research and the liberal arts,” according to the Daily Record editor Thomas Baden Jr.

“They are helping guide their institutions in the ever-changing field of education. They are working for or with programs that aim to bring new technology or change to the region,” Baden added.

The publication highlighted Dr. Anderson’s recent accomplishments including her ascension to the role of chair of the American Association of State Colleges and University’s board of directors as well as her memberships on the boards of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, and the Rural Maryland Council.

Other accolades during her tenure include the graduation of the first cohort of its new physician assistant program and the construction of the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Building, which opened this spring.

Another accolade was UMES reaching No. 16 in the U.S. News and World Report’s survey, the third consecutive year the institution increased its status, which is a continual step towards the goal of becoming a Top 10-ranked HBCU.

In the profile, Anderson shares some of her thoughts on the biggest challenge facing higher education. She also shares her opinion on the most encouraging new developments in higher education.

“The most encouraging new development in higher education is embracing virtual reality and artificial intelligence to bring ‘real-world’ opportunities directly into the classroom for the student experience,” she told the Daily Record. “Including these types of innovative technologies will help with workforce development, enhance learning and offer a more personalized, self-paced and self-directed learning approach.”

To read the complete feature on Dr. Anderson, click here.

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