Finalist Selected for Provost

KINGSVILLE - July 16, 2015

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
or Phone: 361-593-4979


Dr. Heidi M. Anderson has been selected as the sole finalist for provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her appointment is pending approval from the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System. If the board approves her appointment, she plans to join the university on September 14.

          “I am excited about this new opportunity to join the leadership team at Texas A&M University-Kingsville,” Anderson said. “I’ve spent a few days getting to know the community and learning about the history of the university and region. I’m eager to get settled in Kingsville and become part of Javelina Nation.”

          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.

        She currently serves 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 and department chair at the University of Kentucky. She also served on the faculty at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee.

        In addition to her academic posts, Anderson has been active in the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and served terms as a board member, vice president, and president. She also has a record of extensive service with the American Pharmaceutical Association, including roles as a delegate in the House of Delegates, chair of the Honors Advisory Committee, and a stint on the Editorial Advisory Board. She was a technical reviewer for the Rural Health Interdisciplinary Grant Program of the Department of Health and Human Services and a reviewer for the Research Participation Program of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

         Dr. Steven H. Tallant, president of Texas A&M-Kingsville, said Anderson has the right blend of experience and skills to help lead the university through its next phase of growth.

         “Dr. Anderson has served at a variety of institutions, and she brings great insight into the complex nature of a successful and growing university. She is a collaborative leader who recognizes the need to work across the academic community as well as the surrounding community to build successful partnerships. We look forward to having her join our campus.”

         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. 

         The university conducted a national search for provost and worked with Dr. Robert Lawless from Association Governing Boards Search. Tallant said he was extremely pleased with the search process and the pool of candidates.

        “We had a large pool with more than 50 well-qualified candidates. I appreciate the sincere efforts the search committee and Dr. Lawless put into this process; their work and guidance greatly assisted in selecting the right person for this position at Texas A&M-Kingsville.”