Dr. Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association, distinguished scientist and graduate of UNCG’s master’s and doctoral programs in clinical psychology, will receive an honorary degree during the 2013 UNCG commencement ceremony. Anderson will also deliver the 2013 commencement address.
Spring commencement will take place Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.
“I am honored to be asked to serve as the 2013 Commencement speaker at UNCG,” Anderson said. “My education at UNCG laid the foundation for my life’s work and I am pleased to be asked to share a few thoughts with the new graduates.”
Anderson has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a leader in the fields of psychology and health behavior, first as a scientist and tenured professor, and later as an executive in both governmental and nonprofit sectors. After earning advanced degrees from UNCG, he served on the faculty of Duke University and later at the Harvard University School of Public Health.
A former associate director of the National Institutes of Health, Anderson also was the founding director of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. He currently is serving his 11th year as CEO of the American Psychological Association, the nation’s largest organization for scientific and professional psychology, with 134,000 members including researchers, educators, clinicians and students.
By Michelle Hines