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Heidelberg University announces new dean for School of Business

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Dr. Anne-Marie Anderson in front of Heidelberg's Adams Hall. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — Heidelberg University’s School of Business will have a new leader when the spring semester begins in January. Dr. Anne-Marie Anderson, currently professor and Weatherford Chair of Finance at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has been selected as the new Dean of the School of Business and The John & Patricia Adams Family Endowed Chair. She’ll also hold the rank of professor of finance.

Anderson was selected after a nationwide search. She will join the School of Business at a crucial time when her leadership will be instrumental in expanding the school’s major offerings and in developing experiential learning opportunities for students. Heidelberg recently announced the addition of five new majors within the School of Business.

Anderson said she’s ready for the challenge.

“I actually started my academic career at a private institution, and I really enjoy the sense of community and the opportunity to get to know students,” she said. “One of the primary reasons I joined the academy is to help others become their best self. I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve all they can, even when they doubt themselves. It’s exciting to have a seat at the table.”

Prior to her tenure at Middle Tennessee State University, Anderson was on the business faculty at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., as a professor of finance. 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. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for five years as a plant engineer in the clothing industry. She has authored several book chapters and has a strong portfolio of published articles.

As she prepares for her move to Tiffin, Anderson will be returning to her Ohio roots, having grown up in Barberton. Heidelberg is ready to welcome her to campus in January.

“I’m extremely optimistic about the future of the School of Business under Anne’s capable leadership,” said Heidelberg Provost Dr. Bryan Smith. “We look forward to her joining the dynamic and talented group of business faculty in the work they have begun to improve and diversify the School of Business offerings to better serve current and future students.”

As she gets started on building important new relationships and advocating for the School of Business and its students, Anderson has a message to those students, to her new colleagues and her new community as well: “I see the role of the Dean as one who considers 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 is never about me. It’s what’s best for the students. I’m going to work for them to help them reach their full potential,” she says.

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