John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Dr. James A. Anderson serves as Chancellor and Professor of Psychology at Fayetteville State University. He began his duties as Chancellor of the state’s second-oldest public institution on June 9, 2008. Before coming to FSU, Anderson served as the University at Albany’s (New York) Vice President for Student Success, Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity and Professor of Psychology.

Raised in Washington, D.C, Anderson majored in psychology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.  He later earned a doctoral degree in the field of cognitive psychology from Cornell University in New York, and upon completion he accepted his first academic appointment in the Department of Psychology at Xavier University in New Orleans.

In 1992, he began his 11-year tenure as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at North Carolina State University. In 2003, Anderson was recruited to Texas A&M University, a major land-grant institution serving more than 46,000
students, as Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He held that post until joining the University at Albany in 2005.

Anderson is active in professional, civic, and higher-education organizations. He is a member of the Executive Council and Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, a member of the
American Council on Education’s Commission on Inclusion, the Board of Directors of United Way of Cumberland County, the Educators Serving Educators Advisory Board for Excelsior College in Albany, New York, chair of the Board of Directors of the Sustainability Communities Foundation in Fayetteville, and he serves on the Advisory Board of Wells Fargo.  He is also a member of the 100 Black Men Cape Fear Region and Sigma Pi Phi, the oldest African American fraternity.

While serving as Chancellor he continues to teach psychology courses while mentoring young men and women.  He is an avid collector of kaleidoscopes, superhero art and comic books, and for 30 years he has been a Master/Teacher of Tai Chi – the ancient form of Chinese exercise and self-defense.