PRINCESS ANNE — The Boy Scouts of America Del-Mar-Va Council has selected Dr. Heidi M. Anderson, president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, as its 2021 recipient of the Lower Shore Distinguished Citizen Award.
In honor of her service, she will be recognized at a dinner 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Student Services Ballroom on campus.
Dr. Anderson, a Gary, Indiana, native, became the university’s 16th president on Sept. 1, 2018. A three-time graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Anderson has a Ph.D. in pharmacy administration, a master’s in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.
Prior to coming to UMES, was chief academic policymaker at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2015 to 2017, where she managed a $35 million budget and directed 22 academic departments, 10 centers and institutes. She oversaw creation of new degrees in computer science, engineering and clinical mental health counseling.
Prior to working in Texas, Dr. Anderson was the chief academic policymaker at the University of Health Sciences in Philadelphia from 2013 to 2015. Between 2006 and 2013, she held several positions at the University of Kentucky, including professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, assistant dean for educational innovation, associate provost for faculty affairs and vice president/associate provost for institutional effectiveness.
Most recently, in 2019, Dr. Anderson completed Leadership Maryland, a hands-on learning program focused on the states most vital social, economic, and environmental issues.
In 2020, she was given the Influential Marylander’s Award by The Daily Record, given to honor people who have made significant impacts it vital social, economic, and environmental issues in their field and continue to be leaders in Maryland.
Also last year, she received the honor of being a winner of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, given to women who excel professionally, within the community, and mentorship.
Tickets for the $150 per plate dinner along with sponsorship opportunities can be managed online at www.dmvc.org/lowershore.