2005 Distinguished Alumna
DIXIE ANDERSON, ’72 & ‘78
Since 1995, Dixie Anderson, ’72 and ’78, has served as executive director of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. The organization is a part of a nation-wide effort to educate people about American foreign policy and international issues. Because of her success and recognition with the organization, she is often asked to mentor executive directors around the country. It also helped to bring South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu to Grand Rapids in 2003.
Anderson was one of the only 100 Americans chosen to observe the Taiwanese Presidential election in 2004. The same year, she earned a special honor from the Foreign Policy Association for her part in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy lecture series. During her time with World Affairs, she was quadrupled the size of the organization and lead it to become one of the leading international organizations in West Michigan.
As one of the first women to graduate from the Seidman College of Business, MBA program, Anderson was inducted into the Business Honor Society. She also earned her B.S. in social studies with a minor in art history from Grand Valley. Along with Michael Ammann, Anderson started the Seidmen Graduate School Alumni group and co-chaired for the first two years of the GVSU Alumni Art Auction.
Anderson currently resides in Grand Rapids.