University of the Sciences names new provost

A University of Kentucky administrator has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of the Sciences, the university announced Monday morning.

Heidi M. Anderson has spent 11 years at the Kentucky university, most recently serving as vice president for institutional effectiveness. She will begin her new post on July 1.

University of the Sciences President Helen F. Giles-Gee, who began her tenure six months ago, said Anderson was selected from a national field of candidates.

“I and the university community were impressed with her well-documented academic acumen, her understanding of the dynamic future of science and healthcare education on a national level, and her collegial leadership style,” Giles-Gee said in a prepared statement. “We have no doubt that she will serve this University well as it addresses its expanded vision for the future."

Anderson, the university said, has more than 20 years experience in teaching, learning, assessment and faculty development. In her current role, she oversees the Kentucky university’s accreditation process, strategic planning and assessment. She is a tenured professor in pharmacy.

“Having a background and education in the pharmacy field, I was drawn to the history and unique legacy of University of the Sciences as the nation's first college of pharmacy,” Anderson said in a prepared statement. “This is a truly wonderful opportunity.”

Anderson,a native of Gary, Ind., received her bachelor's of science, master’s and doctorate from Purdue University. She replaces Russell DiGate, who left the university in July.

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