Joel Anderson

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Joel Anderson
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Joel E. Anderson became Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003. Dr. Anderson previously served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as the founding Dean of the Graduate School.

As chancellor, he has overseen the development of the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, completion of a $100 million comprehensive campaign, and the enhancement of campus buildings and grounds. He also led the establishment of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity to move Arkansas forward on the broad front of racial and ethnic justice.

Dr. Anderson currently serves on the boards of the Arkansas Research Alliance and the Little Rock Downtown Partnership. He is a member of the boards and the executive committees of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce and Fifty for the Future. He is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Harding University (BA in political science), American University, (MA in international relations), and the University of Michigan (PhD in political science). He also completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Dr. Anderson grew up on a farm east of Swifton in northeast Arkansas. While in school there, he was a starter on the basketball team, Arkansas State 4-H Club President, and a National 4-H Achievement Winner. He and his wife, Ann, are members of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock. Dr. and Mrs. Anderson have three sons, two granddaughters, and two grandsons.