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Tom Anderson accepts position at Wayne State University

Tom Anderson, vice president for finance and administration at Black Hills State University, has accepted a position at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., as associate dean for administrative affairs.

The BHSU chief financial officer will be leaving June 9. He came to BHSU in April of 1996 from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pa., where he served as a vice president of finance at the all-women's college since 1993.

Anderson, 56, said the financial package and the opportunity to become more involved in academic activities were motivating factors in his decision to move on. He will have the opportunity to teach at Wayne State, a campus of more than 35,000 students.

“I leave with highly mixed emotions,” said Anderson. “I could not have picked a better person to work with in Tom Flickema (BHSU president). I have the utmost respect for my colleagues on the administrative council and tremendous support from managers in the business division and the people under them. They are extremely competent and extraordinarily supportive.”


The opportunity at Wayne State came to Anderson as a result of an acquaintance and consulting work. Anderson's new boss had worked for Anderson when he was director of graduate studies (1976-1981) at the school of business at the State University of New York (SUNY). Anderson had hired him as a professor in the management department. His friend later moved up to become dean of the school of business. Anderson said their paths parted in the mid 80s and resumed recently when he had done some consulting work for him.

President Flickema said, “I truly regret seeing Tom move on to Wayne State. His contributions to this campus can only be described as

invaluable. His insightful handling of campus finance permitted us to do many things we would not have been able to do otherwise.”

Throughout his professional career Anderson has served on numerous academic councils, task forces, advisory committees and budget panels. He has served as a corporate and private business consultant in several states.

Anderson has been actively involved in presentations to local and regional businesses and professional groups and he has produced a number of published documents.

The BH finance officer earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota in business administration. He has also completed advanced graduate business courses and courses in management research and industrial relations at UM.