Anderson University President Elected Accrediting Body Commissioner
Dr. Evans P. Whitaker, president of Anderson University, Anderson, S.C., has been elected to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools effective January 2009. As a commissioner, Dr. Whitaker is one of a 77-member body elected to represent approximately 800 institutions that are members of the Commission on Colleges. Commissioners determine Commission policy, review and make decisions regarding the accreditation of higher education institutions in the Southeast, conduct initial review for any significant dues or fee changes, and forward proposed modifications of accreditation standards to the membership for final vote.
The Commission on Colleges is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. The Commission’s mission is the enhancement of educational quality throughout the region, and it strives to improve the effectiveness of institutions by ensuring that institutions meet standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society and students. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia as well as Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. Dr. Whitaker has over 24 years of experience as a university administrator. Since coming to Anderson University as president in 2002, enrollment has increased 28 percent, the campus has expanded from 68 acres to 271 acres, the faculty has grown 28 percent, the university has been named to the top tier of Southern comprehensive institutions by U. S. News & World Report, and graduate programs in business and education have been implemented.