Dr. Heidi M. Anderson
Dr. Heidi M. Anderson joined the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as the sixteenth president on September 1, 2018.
A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Anderson continues in the path of mentors that she admires, dedicating her lifework to making educational opportunities accessible. As president of UMES, a historically black doctoral granting land-grant institution founded in 1886, Anderson leads a campus focused on teaching, research and outreach with an emphasis on stewardship of the land, sea and environment.
A collaborative servant leader, Dr. Anderson is leading vital new initiatives at UMES. Anderson immediately established access, quality and opportunity as key areas of emphasis. She focused on positioning UMES for both physical and intellectual growth, an effort that is yielding results. Construction of a $95 million academic building for UMES’ School of Pharmacy and Health Professions is underway, having received authorization from the 2019 Maryland General Assembly.
She and her team are developing strategies that will grow enrollment and improve retention, and they have added a physician assistant master’s degree program, a bachelors in sports management and bachelors in digital media studies. UMES became the nation’s first HBCU to launch a Massive Open Online Course – Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Industry – on the Open edX platform in partnership with the University System of Maryland Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation. The university’s six-year graduation rate has already increased to a level higher than in the past 20 years. UMES also has experienced record-breaking research funding and philanthropic efforts.
Anderson has nearly two decades of leadership experience in higher education, and many productive initiatives under her belt that help students gain access to college – and enable them to thrive when they get there. Prior to coming to UMES, she was the Provost at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2015 to 2017, where she managed a $35 million budget and directed 22 academic departments, 10 centers and institutes. She oversaw creation of new degrees in computer science, engineering and clinical mental health counseling. Prior to working in Texas, Dr. Anderson was the Provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2015. Between 2006 and 2013, she held several positions at the University of Kentucky, including professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, assistant dean for educational innovation, associate provost for faculty affairs and vice president/associate provost for institutional effectiveness. Her classroom experience also includes work as a professor and chair of Auburn University’s Pharmacy Care System Department and as an assistant professor in the University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy. She was the first African American to serve as president the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), the national accrediting body for pharmacy programs nationwide, a role she held twice.
Most recently, in 2019, Dr. Anderson completed Leadership Maryland, a hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic, and environmental issues. In 2020, she received the Influential Marylander’s Award by the Daily Record, given to honor people who have made significant impacts on vital social, economic, and environmental issues in their field and continue to be leaders in Maryland. She currently is a board member on: American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and, she serves locally on the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and the Rural Maryland Council.
In 2020, she won Maryland’s Top 100 Women, given to recognize women who excel professionally, within the community, and mentorship. In 2021, the Del-Mar-Va Council selected Dr. Anderson as recipient of the Lower Shore Distinguished Citizen Award.
Dr. Anderson is a proud three-time graduate of Purdue University (a land-grant institution). She holds the Ph.D. in pharmacy administration, a M.S. degree in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. Her contributions to education and her community are immeasurable in adding points of pride to our UMES Hawks family.