University of West Florida to welcome new dean of students

The University of West Florida announces Dr. Mary Anderson as its new dean of students, effective July 6. In this position, Anderson will oversee the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities; Case Management Services; Argo Food Pantry; Housing and Residence Life; Student Government Association advising and operations; and University Commons and Event Services.

Mary Anderson Headshot uncropped for Web (1)

“Mary’s commitment to students and her understanding of what it takes to contribute to their overall success makes her a welcome addition to our team,” said Dr. Kim LeDuff, vice president for the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our campus community and we look forward to the impact she will make.”

Previously, Anderson served as director of case management services at University of California San Diego, providing strategic direction and oversight in the areas of student safety, wellbeing and crisis management for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. She served as co-chair of the Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management Team responsible for assessing threatening and disruptive behavior of students, faculty, staff and non-affiliates of concern.

“UWF was the place that helped me develop my skills and abilities as an undergraduate student,” Anderson said. “It’s been a dream of mine to return to the University and work with current students to help them find their purpose and develop their passions inside and outside of the classroom. I look forward to partnering with the entire UWF community, especially the students, as we work together to further enhance the student experience.”

Prior to her role at the University of California San Diego, Anderson held the role of associate dean of students and director of the dean of students office at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Anderson has also served as a judicial officer, resident director and instructor at various universities. She has delivered several presentations on mental health and case management at conferences nationwide. She holds more than 20 years of experience working in higher education.

Anderson is a graduate of UWF where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communication arts. She also holds a master’s degree in college student affairs from the University of South Florida and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from UNC Greensboro.

For more information on UWF’s Dean of Students Office, visit