Wake Forest vice president to retire

By Cheryl Walker
November 3, 2005

John P. Anderson, vice president for finance and administration at Wake Forest University, will retire from his position effective June 30, 2006, and, after a sabbatical, teach full-time in Wake Forest's graduate counseling program.

John P. Anderson

Anderson will continue as interim executive director of Reynolda House Museum of American Art through June 2007 or until a new director is named in the search now underway.

Anderson came to Wake Forest in 1984 as vice president for administration and planning. He was named vice president for finance and administration in 1995.

According to Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch, the position held by Anderson will be divided into two positions, vice president for administration and vice president for finance. The vice president for administration will oversee a range of areas, including human resources, information systems, facilities management and other administrative areas. The vice president for finance will oversee the university's financial affairs, including budgeting and accounting functions. Hatch plans to immediately begin searches to fill both positions.

"My experience is that this new model will serve us well, as the complexity of university operations continues to grow," Hatch wrote in an e-mail distributed to faculty and staff Nov. 3.

"At the time I became president, Dr. Anderson spoke with me of his plan to step down at the end of the academic year," Hatch said. "He has served Wake Forest unstintingly for 22 years and has been a trusted and hard-working member of the administrative team. I have been deeply appreciative of his assistance to me during my transition as president and am grateful daily for the deep reservoir of his knowledge of the complex financial and administrative areas he has overseen for so long."

A native of New Orleans, Anderson previously served as the dean and director of special studies at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

He holds master's and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in applied mathematics there. He has a master's in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master's in education in counseling from Wake Forest University.

In addition to his service to Wake Forest, Anderson has served in leadership roles in more than a dozen community organizations. He has served on the board of directors of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Shepherd's Center, the Winston-Salem Enrichment Center, the Children's Center, Crisis Control Ministries, Sciworks, Associated Artists, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Winston-Salem Symphony, Leadership Winston-Salem and others. He also has served as president and member of the board of trustees of the Arts Council in Winston-Salem and has been president of Leadership Winston-Salem and the Winston-Salem Symphony. He is currently president of The Advocacy for the Poor.