Office of the President - Special Assistant to the President

Hiedi Anderson

Heidi Anderson

Dr. Heidi M. Anderson has been reassigned as Special Assistant to the President to lead important efforts for the university.  In this role, Dr. Anderson is leading the planning and development of the new College of Health Professions.  In addition, the A&M System has announced an initiative for each member campus to offer a degree program at its RELLIS campus in College Station, and Dr. Anderson will lead this initiative as part of her new role.

Dr. Anderson joined Texas A&M University-Kingsville in September 2015 as provost and vice president for academic affairs.  As provost, she successfully recruited four of six deans; restructured offices for more efficient functioning; advanced efforts to integrate a comprehensive seamless student success initiative; assisted deans with successful academic program activities and accreditation outcomes, including receiving AACSB--a first for the institution; implemented online graduation processes; launched the Digital Innovation Movement, including the creation of new interactive learning spaces to promote a digital teaching and learning environment; and worked with cabinet members on various activities. 

Anderson’s 25-year career in higher education includes vast experience in accreditation processes; extensive budget experience, including both allocating and advocating for resources, and attracting external funding; and leadership roles in implementing strategic goals involving faculty recruitment, retention, and development.

Before joining Texas A&M-Kingsville, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at University of the Sciences, a private institution in Philadelphia. Prior to that role, she served in a variety of positions at the University of Kentucky, including associate provost for institutional effectiveness and associate provost for faculty affairs. She has been an assistant dean in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky. She also served as department chair at Auburn University and on the faculty at the University of Tennessee, University of Kentucky and University of the Sciences.

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Master of Science in Education with a focus on Instructional Development. She also holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Administration with focus areas in Assessment and Evaluation. She earned all three of her degrees from Purdue University.