Gloria Long Anderson
November 5, 1938 (age 77)
Altheimer, Arkansas, United States
Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College
University of Chicago
Gloria Long Anderson (born November 5, 1938) is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Chemistry at Morris Brown College, and its Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has served as Interim President of Morris Brown, and as Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Early life and career
Anderson was born November 5, 1938 in Altheimer, Arkansas, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Elsie Foggie Long (deceased) and Charley Long (deceased) and the fourth child in a family of six children. She was the only girl. Her father was a farmer and a janitor, and her mother was a domestic worker and seamstress. Anderson was the only female of their six children.While she helped on the farm, her parents prioritized her education. She attended segregated public schools, including the Altheimer Training School, and was a good student who skipped grades. She received a Rockefeller Fellowship between 1956 and 1958, and graduated as the valedictorian from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College in 1958 summa cum laude. Anderson taught seventh grade at a school in Altheimer before accepting an Atlanta University teaching assistantship. She married Leonard Sinclair Anderson in 1960, earned her master's degree in Butadiene chemistry at Atlanta in 1961, and taught for a year at South Carolina State College and two years at Morehouse College.
She began her doctoral studies at University of Chicago, where she worked with Leon Stock on fluorine and nuclear magnetic resonance. Anderson received her physical organic chemistry Ph.D. in 1968, and became associate professor and chair at Morris Brown College's department of chemistry. In 1973, she became the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Chemistry and Chair, which she returned to in 1990 after serving as Dean of Academic Affairs from 1984 to 1989. In her research, she studied fluorine-19 andamantadines. Her work has been applied to antiviral drugs. Anderson became Morris Brown's interim president twice, from 1992 to 1993 and in 1998, and was Dean of Science and Technology from 1995 to 1997. Since 1999 and as of 2009, she is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Chemistry.
Outside of academia, Anderson was appointed by President Richard Nixon for a six-year term on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's board in 1972, where she also served as chair for women, minorities, and human resources groups, and later as vice chair of the board from 1977 to 1979. She received patents in 2001 and 2009.
Anderson was named among the brightest scientists in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 by Atlanta Magazine.
She is divorced and has one son, Gerald.