Tiffin, Ohio — With the start of the spring semester in January, the Faculty of Business Administration at Heidelberg University will have a new head. dr Anne-Marie Anderson, currently Professor and Weatherford Chair in Finance at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been named the new Dean of the School of Business and the John & Patricia Adams Family Endowed Professorship. She will also hold the rank of Professor of Finance.
Anderson was selected after a nationwide search. She will join the School of Business at a pivotal time when her leadership will be instrumental in expanding the school’s core offerings and developing experiential learning opportunities for students. Heidelberg recently announced the addition of five new majors within the School of Business.
Anderson said she was up for the challenge.
“I actually started my academic career at a private institution and I enjoy the sense of community and the opportunity to meet students,” she says. “One of the main reasons I joined the Academy is to help others become their best self. I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve whatever they can, even if they doubt themselves. It is exciting to sit down at the table.”
Before joining Middle Tennessee State University, Anderson was a professor of finance in the business school at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and operations research from the United States Military Academy, her MBA from the University of Tulsa, and her Ph.D. in Management (Finance) from the University of Arizona. After West Point, Anderson served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers and achieved the rank of captain. Before her studies, she worked for five years as a production engineer in the clothing industry. She has authored several book chapters and has a strong portfolio of published articles.
As she prepares to relocate to Tiffin, Anderson will return to her Ohio roots after growing up in Barberton. Heidelberg is ready to welcome them to campus in January.
“I am extremely optimistic about the future of the School of Business under Anne’s capable leadership,” said Heidelberg Provost Dr. BryanSmith. “We look forward to her joining the dynamic and talented group of business faculty in the work they have begun to enhance and diversify the School of Business offering to better serve current and prospective students.”
As she begins to forge important new relationships and advocate for the School of Business and its students, Anderson has a message for those students, for their new peers, and also for their new community: “I see the Dean’s role as someone who… takes into account what is best for the community – school, university, alumni, other stakeholders, but especially students.
“What you will see is my commitment to Heidelberg,” she says. “Yes, I will bring new ideas, but it’s never about me. That’s what’s best for the students. I will work for them to help them reach their full potential,” she says.