College dean to become president of Trinity University

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Campus News and News

Danny Anderson, dean of KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Danny Anderson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a member of the KU faculty since 1988, has been named the 19th president of Trinity University in San Antonio.

“These types of announcements are always bittersweet,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “On one hand, we are sad to lose someone as talented and passionate about KU as Danny. On the other hand, we are proud that Trinity University—one of the premier liberal arts schools in the nation—recognized Danny and the tremendous leadership he has displayed and developed at KU.”

Anderson, g’82, PhD’85, joined the University of Texas shortly after completing his doctorate in Spanish at KU, and in 1988 he returned as assistant professor of Spanish. A long succession of awards and promotions culminated in 2010 when Anderson was named dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Provost Jeffrey Vitter described Anderson as a “driving force” behind the strategic plan Bold Aspirations, and he credited Anderson’s leadership for a “quick implementation” of KU Core, a redesign of bachelor-degree requirements.

Anderson’s teaching and research honors included a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the ING Award for Teaching Excellence.

His administrative posts included department chair, associate dean, vice provost for academic affairs and interim provost.

“I will deeply miss the University of Kansas, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and my relationships with so many members of the KU community,” said Anderson, a Life Member of the Alumni Association. “Since 1988, KU has been the home for my professional growth as a teacher, scholar and leader. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities KU has provided me, and in my remaining weeks as dean I will do my utmost to ensure the continued success of our goals.”

Vitter expects to name an interim dean before the start of the spring semester and will launch a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.

—Chris Lazzarino

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