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Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.

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Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President, External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (EDEI)


  • October 20, 2016
  • APLU's Eugene Anderson will address how HBCUs can play a critical role in diversifying the tech industry at the HBCU CSe Faculty Summit on Oct. 26, sponsored by Google and White House Initiatives on HBCUs. Anderson will also participate in a panel on higher ed policy influencers at the ASHE Conference on Nov. 10. 
  • July 24, 2017
  • APLU’s Eugene Anderson participated in a panel at Delaware State University’s 2017 HBCU Symposium. Anderson discussed emerging issues in student financial aid, including the impact of cuts in aid at HBCUs.

  • March 9, 2018
  • Eugene Anderson, APLU's Vice President for Access and Success, presented at the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) on creating pathways for Latina/o students in STEM fields. He examined trends in engineering degrees awarded to Latina/o students and discussed broadening the participation of Latina/o students in engineering.
  • June 6, 2019
  • Eugene Anderson, Vice President of APLU’s Office of Access and Success, is presenting on his research examining diversity in engineering education at the National Science Foundation on June 20.

  • May 28, 2020
  • In May, Dr. Eugene Anderson, APLU’s Vice President for Access and Success, presented at a virtual workshop, Examining Diversity in Engineering: From National to Local Exploration and Problem‐Solving, at the University at Albany.

  • October 21, 2020
  • APLU's Dr. Eugene Anderson joined the University of Utah's Friday Forum series on Establishing Anti-Racist Policy. The October 23rd Friday Forum addressed how organizations approach developing anti-racist policies and what is necessary to make change. 

Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D., currently serves as Vice President for External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). In this role, Dr. Anderson works with APLU members to develop and implement initiatives to meet the key organizational objectives for advancing college access and success for all students, with a specific focus on underrepresented minority groups. He provides strategic leadership and direction for the APLU Office of Access and Success which has a primary responsibility for supporting the APLU Council of 1890 Universities and the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence. The Council of 1890 Universities, primarily addresses matters pertaining to strengthening teaching, research and extension programs at APLU-member historically Black land-grant universities. The Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) seeks to develop a comprehensive agenda to broaden access and opportunity, improve the quality of the undergraduate experience, and enhance diversity within student and faculty populations at public universities.

Dr. Anderson 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. 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).