Entering his fourth year as the Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland, Kevin Anderson has led the Terrapins on a path that has begun with unparalleled success.
In his first year on the job, Anderson hired Randy Edsall in football and Mark Turgeon in men's basketball, completing a pair of outstanding head-coaching searches that gave the Terrapins a head start at success in those two sports.
While handling those high-profile changes, Maryland has finished among the top 30 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in two of Anderson’s first three years in College Park, including a school-record 17th-place finish during the 2010-11 season. His first three seasons were highlighted by NCAA national championships in field hockey and a pair of national runner-up finishes in men’s and women's lacrosse.
In launching the Terrapins on their path to success, Anderson has instituted an inclusive management style that combines a passion for providing a quality experience for Maryland's student-athletes with a thoughtful business acumen that has him managing the Terrapins' $59 million budget and more than 180 employees.
Anderson laid the foundation for Maryland's future by deftly directing the athletic department's strategic plan - The Maryland Way (2012-17). The launch of the strategic plan marked the end of a year-long process that involved hundreds of individuals from the athletic department, campus, supporters and community. The committees worked to identify innovative ways to help the department build on its mission and achieve the vision the entire department has embraced. "We have a strong and unwavering commitment to educate, develop and serve our student-athletes through a culture of academic and athletic excellence," Anderson said.
With Anderson's relentless focus on the "WHY" (Maryland's student-athletes), his next important move was to ensure the financial security and sustainability for Maryland athletics for the foreseeable future.
In what would mark a historic day (November 19, 2012) for the University of Maryland and Maryland Athletics, Anderson, University President Dr. Wallace Loh, University Chancellor Brit Kirwan and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany announced that Maryland would join the Big Ten Conference beginning in July 1, 2014.
"This is an outstanding conference comprised of flagship research universities," Anderson said at the press conference. "Our new peers share our pursuit of both athletic and academic excellence and our vision to be the best in everything we do."
Moreover, Anderson shared that this next exciting chapter will eliminate the athletics department's deficit moving forward and will also provide an opportunity to form the President's Commission on Big Ten/CIC Integration to explore the potential of reinstating sports programs at the University of Maryland.
In addition to his myriad of responsibilities as the director of athletics at the University of Maryland, Anderson has played a prominent role nationally as past president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) from June 2012-13. He previously served as the vice president of the organization.
Anderson was hired in September 2010 as director of athletics at Maryland after serving since 2004 in the same post at the U.S. Military Academy. At Army, Anderson was responsible for a 25-sport program that served more than 900 cadet-athletes.
While at Army, Anderson helped develop and manage a budget of $25 million and turned an operating deficit of more than a million dollars into a $2.73 million surplus in only five years. Sponsorship, ticket sales and fund-raising revenue all increased during his time there.
Anderson led a team that negotiated a five-year, $55 million deal with CBS to televise the Army-Navy game, and worked on the agreement that brought college football to Yankee Stadium, with the Army-Notre Dame game. During his time at West Point, Anderson also brokered broadcast deals for Army's football program with ESPN, WABC Radio and its current five-year agreement with CBS College Sports Network.
On the field, Anderson led a broad-based resurgence that saw 20 Army teams earn berths in NCAA Championships, including programs in 10 different sports. Army improved its standing in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup by 11 places, marking its highest showing since the 2004-05 season and finishing ahead of both its service-academy rivals - Navy and Air Force.
In his last two years at West Point, Anderson led searches that resulted in the hiring of Rich Ellerson as Army's football coach and Zach Spiker as the program's men's basketball coach. In his first season, Ellerson led the Black Knights to their winningest season since 1996 and came just one victory from a bowl berth, while Spiker posted the most wins by a first-year Army coach since Bob Knight led the Black Knights.
Anderson, who has more than two decades of leadership experience, has also been recognized nationally as a leader in intercollegiate athletics. In addition to his current service on the NACDA Board of Directors, he previously served as the organization’s President in 2012-13. Additionally, he serves as chair for the NACDA's McClendon Minority Scholarship Steering Committee and serves as chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Issues Committee.
From January 2003 to December 2004, Anderson was the executive associate athletics director at Oregon State. In that role, he was responsible for the administration and operation of seven sports, including football, as well as men's and women's basketball.
Anderson spent five seasons at the University of California, Berkeley, advancing quickly in the Golden Bears' department. He moved from an assistant A.D. for annual giving to an associate A.D. for development and ticketing and ended his tenure there as the executive associate A.D. for external affairs.
Before taking the position with California, Anderson served as executive director of the YMCA of the East Bay from 1995 to 1997. He was director of annual giving for athletics at Stanford University from 1993 to 1995.
Anderson places a strong importance on commitment to the community and has brought that approach to College Park. In May 2012 he was named to the Y of Central Maryland's Board of Directors. In July 2012, Anderson announced the Terrapin athletics family would partner with Casey Cares, a foundation that provides uplifting programs to critically ill children. Anderson and the Terps pledged to help by giving game tickets to children and families within the organization and by student-athletes and coaches visiting kids in area hospitals. Recently, the foundation honored the University of Maryland Athletics Department with the prestigious Champions of Children Award for 2013. Anderson is also a board member of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. For his entrepreneurial drive, creativity and success in his position, Anderson was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the top 25 minority business leaders in the region in 2013.He was also recognized as one of the Top 13 Sports Power Players in Maryland by Press Box magazine.
Anderson is a 1979 graduate of San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He has attended the Sports Management Institute's executive management program and is a product of the new manager school at Xerox.
Anderson and his wife, Moira, have four children - daughters, Olivia and Michaela, and sons, Kevin Jr. and Chauncey.