Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Myron Anderson is the founding Vice President for Inclusive Excellence at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as of January 2, 2019.
Anderson comes to UTSA from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) where he served as the Associate to the President for Diversity and Professor in the School of Education. As a member of the president’s cabinet, Anderson was the University’s chief diversity officer, responsible for developing an inclusive campus, and articulating and resolving current and future issues related to campus climate, diversity and inclusion. In addition, Anderson identified campus climate trends and was responsible for developing a strategic vision across all academic and administrative units to establish strategies for resolution of campus climate issues. As the Associate to the President for Diversity, Anderson consistently worked with executive officers (President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans) to lead institution-wide efforts to promote equity, inclusivity and to advance the University mission.
Anderson’s leadership promoting a systemic focus on Inclusive Excellence led to MSU Denver being a five-time recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. This national award recognizes colleges and universities demonstrating an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campus. Recently, MSU Denver has received its third Diversity Champion award that recognizes the top 15 Colleges and Universities in the United States, which exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and highest administrative levels.
MSU Denver’s goal is for the faculty to reflect the students. Since 2007, student of color enrollment has increased by more than a third, making up approximately 42% of the student body. Anderson’s leadership has led to the increase of faculty of color by more than 50% since 2005, with a university workforce greater than 30% of color. Anderson has led the development of innovative recruitment and retention programs, i.e. the Tenure Track Mentorship Program, the Stealth Recruitment Portal, and the systemic implementation of the University-wide Campus Climate Survey, thus improving the campus climate and a 35% increase in the retention of faculty of color.
Anderson raised and managed millions of dollars in an effort to align the University’s mission with regional and national constituent goals and objectives. He led the development of two self-sustaining institutes designed to connect MSU Denver’s intellectual capital to address educational, social justice, and leadership needs of the Denver community and beyond. Anderson serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the $8.6 million-dollar Western Educational Equity Assistance Center grant. He was a contributing writer and Co-Principal Investigator of the previous 4.9 million-dollar Equity Assistance Center grant ending in 2016. Anderson has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, in both administrative and academic positions. He also carries the rank of full professor of education technology in the School of Education. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Chair of the Teacher Education Department at MSU Denver, Program Leader in Continuing Education and Director of Student Services at Virginia Tech and Winston-Salem State University. His areas of expertise are instructional delivery in virtual environments, organizational climate, and strategic planning.
Anderson has performed research in instructional technology, distance education, campus climate, diversity, and microaggressions in higher education. His research has led to creating a new term “hierarchal microaggressions,” identifying new territory where these actions take place. He has developed interactive professional development programs to enhance student and professional leaders’ programming, leadership and life skills. He has published, designed and presented regional, national and international workshops, in student development, education technology, equity pedagogy, microaggressions, diversity and campus climate.
Anderson led the University’s implementation of the Inclusive Excellence framework, focused on campus climate, recruitment and retention, diversity development, diversity initiatives, civic engagement, and the quest to become a Hispanic Serving Institution. He developed the University’s diversity strategic plan and has led three successful university-wide campus climate surveys, each yielding a 63% (or greater) full-time workforce response rate. Survey results have led to 25 new policies and processes designed to promote a more inclusive environment.
Anderson earned a Ph.D. in instructional technology, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech, and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from Radford University.