Carol Anderson (BS 1965 Home Economics Education; MS 1969), a prominent scholar, educator, and leader, benefited from 4-H programs while growing up on a farm in southwest Wisconsin. Her career began as extension educator in Trempealeau County, WI and then at Iowa State University as extension specialist and assistant professor.
After completing her doctorate in 1976, Carol moved east to Cornell University, serving as assistant dean, College of Human Ecology, and associate director of Cooperative Extension. She served as President of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences and editor for the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences.
Carol manages the day-to-day operations of her farm in Cobb, WI. She remains active in her profession addressing global issues as president of the U.S. chapter of the International Federation for Home Economics. Carol notes, “One thing that is exciting about the field is that it brings specialties together to create something new.” Carol’s gift towards endowing the 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology also created something new and transformative.