FSU Chancellor and BRAC Regional Task Force Executive Director to Serve as Banquet Honorary Co-Chairs

FSU LogoFayetteville State University (FSU) Chancellor James A. Anderson and Ret. Brigadier General Paul R. Dordal, Executive Director of the BRAC Regional Task Force, Inc., will serve as honorary co-chairs of the Fayetteville Business and Professional League’s (FBPL) 42nd Annual Awards Banquet. The banquet will be held October 8, 2009 in the Crown Coliseum Hospitality Ballroom. The theme for the banquet is “Embracing Opportunities for Future Growth.” 

 The selection of Anderson and Dordal continues to demonstrate the partnership between the City of Fayetteville, its military neighbors, the FBPL, FSU, and the BRAC Regional Task Force.

Anderson is FSU’s 11th chief executive officer. Before coming to FSU, he served as the University at Albany’s Vice President for Student Success and Vice Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He also was a professor in the department of psychology.

Raised in Washington, D.C, Anderson majored in psychology at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, graduating in 1970. He later earned a doctoral degree in the field (1980) from Cornell University in New York. Early in his career, Anderson chaired the Department of Psychology at Xavier University in News Orleans (1976-1983) before joining the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a professor of psychology.

In 1992, he began an 11-year tenure as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at North Carolina State University. In that role, he was credited with leading a revision of the general education curriculum, as well as the development of the First Year College, the Honors Programs, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the Minority Engineering Program, and the North Carolina State Diversity Initiative, among others.

In 2003, Anderson was recruited to Texas A&M University, a major land-grant institution serving more than 46,000 students, as Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity. He held that post until joining the University at Albany in 2005.

Active in professional, civic, and higher-education organizations, Anderson’s research and writing have focused on the assessment of student learning, as well as the impact of diversity on student learning, retention, and overall institutional effectiveness. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including “The Unfinished Agenda: Brown v. Board of Education” (2004) and “Driving Change through Diversity and Globalization—Transformative Leadership in the Academy” (2007).

A former American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, Danforth Fellow, and National Learning Communities Fellow, he was honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award (2005) from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Outstanding Service Award (2004) from the Commission on Human Resources and Social Change of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Villanova University and the Advisory Board of the International Center for Student Success and Institutional Accountability. 

Dordal, a retired Brigadier General from the U.S. Air Force, is the executive director of the BRAC Regional Task Force, a nonprofit 501c-6 composed of 11 counties and 73 municipalities surrounding Fort Bragg and Pope AFB. The BRAC RTF was organized to unify the community planning efforts for counties and municipalities affected by the 2005 BRAC actions at Fort Bragg and Pope AFB. Paul serves as the liaison between the local communities, the military installation, and local, state and federal agencies that are involved with BRAC and community assistance.

Dordal is a graduate of the U. S. Air Force Academy and served 29 years on active duty with the Air Force until he retired in 2000 as a Brigadier General. He was a command pilot and flew F-4, F-16, A-10 and C-130 aircraft and accumulated over 3,700 flying hours including 20 combat sorties over Iraq. He was the wing commander at Pope AFB from 1996 to 1997, and his last assignment was the deputy director for Air and Space Operations at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, at the Pentagon.

After retiring from the Air Force he served as the Chief Operations Officer for the Festival of Flight and he has stayed involved in community affairs. He is the President of the Pope Chapter of the Air Force Association; a member of the West Fayetteville Rotary Club, the Military Affairs Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and several other military organizations. 

The Fayetteville Business & Professional League is an organization founded in 1967 that is focused on being an advocate for minority-owned businesses to include the offering and sponsorship of education and training seminars and/or workshops for entrepreneurs’ growth and development.  More information about the FBPL can be found by visiting their website online.