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Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.

Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President, Access and Success
(202) 478-6056


  • October 20, 2016

Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D., currently serves as Vice President for the Office of Access and Success at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). He previously served as the Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President at the American Dental Education Association. In this role he led the ADEA Policy Center (APC) and integrated the Association’s educational research, access and diversity programming and public policy advocacy activities to address contemporary issues facing dental education and the oral health needs of the public. Under Dr. Anderson’s leadership the ADEA Policy Center expanded its research, advocacy and programmatic activities. He was responsible for leading significant national policy changes in competencies and licensure testing to improve the education and evaluation of dental students. During his tenure at ADEA, Dr. Anderson also was responsible for helping to lead national policy changes through the ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation in Dental Education (ADEA CCI).

Prior to joining ADEA in 2007, Dr. Anderson was formerly Associate Director of National Initiatives at the American Council on Education (ACE). In that role he was the project director of Solutions for Our Future, a national campaign to increase public awareness of the many ways American colleges and universities serve the public. Prior to leading the Solutions for Our Future campaign, Dr. Anderson was a researcher in ACE’s Center for Policy Analysis and Office of Minorities in Higher Education.

Dr. Anderson holds a doctorate in education policy from the University of Virginia and a baccalaureate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Dr. Anderson serves as a member of the Executive Committee for Division I (Education in the Professions).