Board Chair Della Anaquod (JD'96) believes Anderson's appointment will help revitalize the institution, stating, "We are confident that he brings the vision, experience and clear commitment to the university's mission that will move the institution forward into the future."
Anderson, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation, completed the First Nations MBA program at the University of Saskatchewan and obtained his doctorate degree in interdisciplinary studies with a dual emphasis in First Nations business management and organizational analysis, also from the University of Saskatchewan.
Prior to his most recent appointment, Anderson was assistant professor of business and director of the Certificate in Indigenous Business Administration Program for the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, Saskatoon Campus (now First Nations University of Canada, Saskatoon Campus). He is also the founder of the Indigenous Nations Institute and the Native American Business Administration Program at Idaho State University.
"I am deeply honoured and grateful for the opportunity to return to this great institution to serve as the next president of the First Nations University of Canada. This university is a national treasure," Anderson says. "It instilled in me the passion for Indigenous higher education and the knowledge required to build and expand Indigenous higher education programs and services across Indian Country."