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Rick Anderson: Leadership Lessons From 35+ Years in Higher Education

In this episode, Christine Simone interviews Rick Anderson, executive vice president of finance and operations at the Medical University of South Carolina. Rick has worked in higher education administration for 35-plus years at eight universities across six states.

Not many business officers have been an athletic director at two different Division I schools, but Rick’s path through higher education has been uncommon. Throughout his career, Rick recognized effective leaders and enjoyed working for them multiple times, enabling unique interim roles.

He values leaders focused on growth, learning, and execution, without micromanaging. Rick emphasizes making each institution better and enhancing the degree’s value.

Rick advises hiring and investing in future leaders to build your legacy. Overall, he has found higher education administration rewarding for balancing family and interests. Tune in for this great career conversation to hear more of Rick’s insights.


Insights and advice for business professionals new to higher education.

On Career Conversations, NACUBO’s Christine Simone sits down with higher education professionals to discuss their personal experiences, including successes and challenges of all kinds. They’ll offer career advice and insights as well as nuggets of wisdom for business professionals new to higher education.

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