Dorothy J. Anderson
Executive Administrative Assistant, Institutional Advancement
2010-2011 Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Non-Exempt Staff

For nearly 30 years, Dorothy J. Anderson has served the campus with dedication, positivity and warmth. In her position as executive administrative assistant in Institutional Advancement, she plays a key role in nurturing vital relationships on and off campus.

In addition to administrative support, Anderson participates in the planning and executing of high-profile university events including Commencement, Convocation and Homecoming. She offers to help with any aspect of an event – from working with dignitaries to cleaning up afterward.

During her years on campus, she has been an active member of the Non-Exempt and Classified Staff Senates, serving in numerous roles, including treasurer. Working tirelessly on Senate events, Anderson is known for being
a generous mentor to administrative staff across campus.

Her concern for others extends beyond the campus’s border. She is a consistent Red Cross blood donor and, after serving as the Institutional Advancement Maryland Charity Campaign coordinator, she has twice agreed to be the lead coordinator for the campaign. Under her leadership in 2008 and 2009, the campus set new records.

One of UMBC’s biggest fans, Anderson’s school spirit shines in the tradition she began: decorating the “True Grit” statue with a mortar board and diploma for Commencement ceremonies.

Anderson’s personal interactions with students, faculty and staff have made a difference in countless lives, and her community-building activities enrich the life and traditions of the campus.


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