Kennesaw State dean for College of Science and Mathematics named


University of Colorado’s Mark R. Anderson brings strong administrative and research…

Georgia (Apr 25, 2012) —  

University of Colorado’s Mark R. Anderson brings strong administrative and research background to Georgia’s third-largest university
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KENNESAW, Ga. (April 25, 2012)— Kennesaw State University has named Mark R. Anderson dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, effective July 1. He succeeds Ronald Matson who has served as interim dean of the college since July 2010.
Anderson was among a pool of 52 candidates who vied for the position in a national search chaired by Charles Amlaner, Kennesaw State vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College.
Currently, Anderson is professor and chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver, where he has served since August 2007. As chair, he worked with the faculty to increase the number of grants and funding by 100 percent and has seen research productivity nearly double. In addition, he implemented a new Honors curriculum in the department and established a new biochemistry undergraduate program. From May 2008 to December 2010, Anderson also served as faculty director for the university’s Center for Applied Science and Mathematics for Innovation Competitiveness, where he was responsible for promoting partnerships between the university, school districts and the business sector.
“Mark’s vast experience as a faculty member and administrator and his strong record as a researcher, make him the perfect fit for the College of Science and Mathematics,” said W. Ken Harmon, provost and vice president for academic affairs at KSU. “We look forward to welcoming Mark to Kennesaw State and know that he will work with our faculty to further enhance our reputation as a leader in science and math.”
Prior to the University of Colorado, Anderson was associate professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech from August 1995 to July 2007. He was recognized with two awards for excellence in teaching.  Anderson also served as graduate program director from 2004 - 2007, overseeing the progress of nearly 180 graduate students in Virginia Tech’s chemistry department.
“Throughout the interviewing process it was evident to me that Kennesaw State is a wonderful place to learn and work, and that the future of the university is very bright,” said Anderson. “The passion and commitment of the faculty show that the College of Science and Mathematics is prepared to work to create the strongest academic and intellectual environment possible and I’m looking forward to being a part of the team.”
Anderson joins Kennesaw State just months after the university broke ground on a new facility dedicated entirely to scientific teaching and research. The $21 million KSU Science Lab Addition, scheduled to open in fall 2012, will enable the university to expand course offerings and increase research opportunities for students and faculty.
The five-story, approximately 73,000-square-foot facility, which will connect with the existing science building, will contain high-tech biology and chemistry labs, plus faculty and administrative offices and an atrium.
Anderson earned a B.S. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, and the Electrochemical Society – where he also serves on the executive committee for the Physical/Analytical Division of the Electrochemical Society. 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.


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