Lake Erie College recently appointed U.S. Army, Colonel Harold V. Anderson, to the college’s board of directors. Anderson brings a wealth of experience in secondary education, as well as leadership, human resources management, and veterans affairs acumen to the college’s leadership team.
“The board of directors is very proud to have Colonel Harold Anderson join the board,” shares Dana Dennis, LEC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Colonel Anderson’s exemplary military experience combined with his dedication to education will benefit Lake Erie College in many ways.”
Anderson is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a current member of the United States Army Reserves. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in August, 1987 and was later commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Adjutant General Corps after graduating from University of Texas Pan American Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Edinburg, Texas in 1992.
Colonel Anderson’s impressive military career includes a deployment to Kuwait in Operation Iraq Freedom Camp Victory, where he served as Platoon Leader 2/741st AG Company February 2003. Upon his return, Anderson assumed a leadership position with the 319th QM Battalion, Cleveland, Ohio in August 2004. Anderson continued his service to the United States when he was promoted to Action Officer in the Defense Readiness Reporting System Army, at the Army Headquarters located at the Pentagon, September 2006. Anderson deployed again for a second tour, serving as the Human Resource Directorate for Operation Iraq Freedom Victory Base Complex Task Force Twister. He became the Executive Officers for the 12th / 100th Battalion in Twinsburg, Ohio after returning home from Iraq the second time. Enjoying several promotions to progressively demanding leadership positions within the Army’s command, Colonel Anderson served as the Battalion Commander for the 8th/ 98th Regimental Battalion Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff 94th Training Division a position he’s held since August 2018.
Anderson has an impressive array of awards he has earned during his career to include, Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medals, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze star, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Staff Identification Badge, to name a few.
Anderson says his military experience gives him a unique perspective in which to support the LEC board, especially representing the needs of the veterans and who are returning to college after years in the field. “I believe I can bring added value to Lake Erie College’s board, as I understand the perspectives of the young vets adjusting to a civilian world once again and I can provide insight to guide leadership decisions from that point of view.” Lake Erie College has an active Veteran’s Affairs division and is proactively assisting service men and women to further their careers with a return to the classroom. “Adjusting after a tour can be a challenging time for young vets,” adds Anderson. “I’m pleased and honored to share my expertise to help the college’s administrators create effective educational programming and options for our veterans.’
In his private civilian life, Anderson works as a physical education instructor in East Cleveland City Schools. Colonel Anderson and his wife Mitzi have two children Terence (NYU 2010) and Toni (Xavier University 2018) Anderson and currently reside in Brook Park, Ohio.
He is a graduate of University of Texas Pan American where he received a Bachelor of Science In Physical Education. Anderson received a Masters of Educational Leadership from University of Texas Arlington. He will serve a 4 year term on the Lake Erie College Board of Trustees.
“We are confident Colonel Anderson will be a wonderful addition to the composition of our board membership,” shares Dennis. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Colonel Anderson, as we continue to position the college for the changing higher education landscape His expertise will be tremendously valuable as we work to position LEC as the school of choice for Northeast Ohio residents and beyond.”Back To News