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MnSCU taps Anderson for top post at FDLTCC

It's official - after serving as interim dean of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College since July 1, 2008, Larry Anderson has been formally appointed president, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the board of the Minnesota State Co...

Larry Anderson

It's official - after serving as interim dean of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College since July 1, 2008, Larry Anderson has been formally appointed president, according to an announcement made Wednesday by the board of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).

Anderson, 58, was appointed interim president after the contract of former president Donald Day was not renewed by MnSCU in spring 2008.

In recommending Anderson's appointment as president, Chancellor James H. McCormick said, "Since serving as interim president, Larry Anderson has done an exceptional job. The college is on a positive and progressive path in the midst of challenges. Equally important, Anderson has earned the respect of the American Indian communities with

which Fond du Lac works, and he has won support from the campus community he serves."

Anderson said, "I am absolutely honored to be able to be president of FDLTCC," Anderson said. "I see my job as working alongside staff to help students get the resources they need to succeed. My goal is also to work together with the Fond du Lac Reservation and the surrounding communities to make certain people feel good about their community college.

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"At the present time, student enrollment is up, and I want to do all we can to make certain we retain those students. We have a great faculty, staff and students at this institution, and it's a privilege to be named president."

Anderson is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Reservation. He was born in Cloquet, grew up in Brookston and graduated from AlBrook High School, where he later coached football, girls basketball and baseball.

He served as Talent Search coordinator for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and assistant director of American Indian programs at the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency before going on to direct the Upward Bound and Student Support Services program at The College of St. Scholastica.

After joining the staff of FDLTCC, Anderson served as dean of the college before becoming vice president of administration and student affairs as well as acting athletic director.

In December 2002, Anderson became one of three finalists for FDLTCC president, alongside Day and Nancy Omaha Boy, following the untimely death of original college president Lester "Jack" Briggs.

Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in counseling and a master's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin Superior.

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