Office of the President


Dr. AndersonIn November 2012, Dr. John M. Anderson was chosen as the 14th president of Millersville University.  Prior to his appointment at Millersville, Dr. Anderson was named the 11th president of Alfred State College, Alfred, NY, in March 2008.  Between 2004 and 2008, he served as executive vice president and provost at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.

In addition, Dr. Anderson has an established and recognized career as a professor and academic leader (faculty senate chair, convener of the State University of New York – SUNY – governance leaders), supplemented by more than twenty years in a variety of senior-level administrative posts (President, Executive Vice President, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, interim Vice President of Student Services, and Dean of Student Development) at a variety of institutions.

Community involvement has been an important part of President Anderson’s life, serving on a variety of boards in many communities. One of his most rewarding experiences has been serving for the past ten years as a board member, and at times an officer, of Springbrook, Inc. located near Cooperstown, NY.  Springbrook is a not-for-profit organization with approximately 1,200 employees that supports children and adults with developmental disabilities.  Recently, Dr. Anderson was asked to serve as a Trustee on the board of Lancaster General Health, where he is also a member of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee.  In addition, he serves on the Lancaster SCORE Advisory Board.

Early in his career, Dr. Anderson’s research interests were in the field of Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) spectroscopy and Neutron Activation analysis. As a higher educational leader, his areas of expertise have more recently evolved to include, strategic planning, student civic engagement and sustainability.  He serves on the Steering and Executive Committees for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and is President of Pennsylvania Campus Compact.  Dr. Anderson is also a founding member of Solution Generation’s Higher Education Leadership Circle, a strategic organizing and communications initiative to build public support for climate change solutions among mainstream Americans. Formerly, Dr. Anderson chaired the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Economic Development Committee and served on the Executive Committee for the New York Campus Compact. 

Dr. Anderson has a Ph.D. in education from Cornell University, an M.A. in physics from SUNY Geneseo, a B.A. in physics from SUNY Brockport, and an A.S. in math and science from Westchester Community College. He also received post-graduate education at Harvard University.