UNC President Erskine Bowles placed Anderson's name in nomination today during the board's regular March meeting. Anderson, 59, will assume his new duties June 9, succeeding Lloyd V. "Vic" Hackley, who has served as interim chancellor since T.J. Bryan resigned from the post in July 2007.
In recommending Anderson to the Board of Governors, Bowles said: "Over the past three decades, James Anderson has distinguished himself as a dedicated teacher, seasoned administrator, and proven leader. He has taught and held key leadership positions at some of our nation's finest public universities - including North Carolina State University - and has earned a solid reputation for creative thinking, great integrity and a passionate commitment to helping students succeed academically and reach their full potential."
Anderson is married to Nancy Anderson, and has three children.