University names Warren Anderson associate provost for student success


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Warren Anderson, associate vice president for diversity and inclusion at Clarkson University, has been named to the newly created post of associate provost for student success at Slippery Rock University. He will join the University May 18.

In making the appointment public, Philip Way, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, said, "Dr. Anderson brings with him a wealth of expertise and talent. He has worked in all of the areas we believe are important to continued success for students here at Slippery Rock University, and he will implement a number of new ideas and programs that are certain to build on our already successful programs. I am certain our faculty, staff and students will welcome Dr. Anderson and help him quickly assimilate into his new role."



"It is an honor to be appointed associate provost for student success at Slippery Rock University," Anderson said. "Having worked the majority of my career in the PASSHE system, I have watched Slippery Rock consistently provide a best-in-class education for its students. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the University to enhance the already outstanding programs and services at this remarkable institution. I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to work with the students at Slippery Rock University."

Anderson will oversee the recently aligned student success functions in academic and student affairs, including academic services, residential programming, and retention services, programs for special populations, and student health and wellness.

The post was created following the re-alignment of the divisions of academic affairs and student affairs under a single division. The new subdivision seeks to produce synergies and to ensure SRU students are successful inside and outside the classroom.

Anderson spent several years in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education as an assistant vice president for student affairs at East Stroudsburg University, and as director of student access and support at the State System's Harrisburg headquarters.

At Clarkson, he is responsible for coordinating pipeline development, engagement and retention of students from historically underrepresented populations. As a member of the president's cabinet, he worked closely with university leaders to develop, implement and assess university wide goals and provide unified coordination for supporting student diversity on campus.

At East Stroudsburg, Anderson assisted with the overall management of the division for student affairs and supervised a staff of professionals engaged in the development of student extra/co-curricular programming, development and monitoring of strategic planning and assessment processes. He also handled campus/community relations and collaborative efforts with university constituents to create a campus environment conducive to holistic intellectual and social development of the student population.

While part of PASSHE, he developed and implemented initiatives designed to enhance access and retention initiatives at the 14 universities, including SRU. His work included oversight of the R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program and the White-Williams College-Connection Program. He also collaborated with university presidents, Pennsylvania legislators and community-based organizations to enhance access to higher education for underrepresented students throughout the commonwealth.

He has worked at Chestnut Hill College, the Philadelphia Education Fund, the Pennsylvania College of Technology and Mansfield University.

Anderson is a member of the American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, National Society of Black Engineers, Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and the Robert D. Lynch Student Development Initiative. He has been an active member of numerous university committees. He earned his doctor of education degree at Widener University where his dissertation was titled "The influence of selected factors on students and their perception of the importance of college preparation programs and impact on retention and graduation."

He earned his master of education degree at Eastern University and his bachelor of arts as a liberal students major from Mansfield University.

Karl E. Schwab