Dr. Joel E. Anderson became the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003, bringing with him more than thirty years of university and community service. Dr. Anderson previously served as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as the founding Dean of the Graduate School at UALR. As Dean and Provost, Dr. Anderson led the university to become a doctoral-level institution with an increase in research grants and contracts from $5 million to $22 million. His academic leadership helped UALR earn the “research intensive” national Carnegie classification.
Beyond the university, Dr. Anderson has served on the board of directors of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Fifty for the Future, Arkansas 4-H Foundation, and Little Rock’s Downtown Partnership. In the past Dr. Anderson has served as president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and on the board of directors of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority (chair, 2001), KLRE-KUAR FM Radio, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, and the Heart of Arkansas United Way.
Dr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas, where he served as president of the student body and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He then earned an M.A. in international relations from American University. He received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1974 and completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 1993.