Loren J. Anderson joined AGB Search in 2012 as a Senior Consultant following a highly successful career in the private, liberal arts and comprehensive university sector of higher education. Throughout his career, leadership development has been a special focus as Dr. Anderson has recruited, hired and mentored countless rising leaders who have gone on to assume major leadership positions. Since joining AGB search, Dr. Anderson has completed over 35 searches for Presidents and senior leaders, and has focused his practice mainly on private, faith-based, liberal arts colleges and universities in the Midwest. Dr. Anderson has previously supported five searches at four ELCA-related colleges
Prior to joining AGB Search, Dr. Anderson served for 20 years as president of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, WA. During his tenure, the university gained national stature as a leader in sustainability and global education. In 2007, Dr. Anderson was among the first 12 presidents to sign the President's Climate Commitment. In 2008, PLU became the first private university in the west to receive the prestigious Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. During Dr. Anderson’s tenure, the university developed a distinctive tradition of preparing decade long plans that shaped three development campaigns yielding over $300 million in gift support for academic programs, endowment, and campus facilities.
As a national spokesperson for private, liberal arts colleges and universities, Dr. Anderson served for seven years as a board member, including a term as board chair, of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He also served as a board member of the American Council on Education, the Council of Independent College, and Institute for the International Education of Students.
Dr. Anderson holds a B.A. degree from Concordia College; an M.A. in speech from Michigan State University; and a Ph.D. in communication theory and research from the University of Michigan. Following service on the faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit, Dr. Anderson returned to Concordia College-Moorhead where he served on the faculty and held several administrative positions including assistant to the president and executive vice president.