Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson

Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson is a member of the 2015 cohort. She currently serves as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs at the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and has over twenty years of professional experience in education and nonprofit administration. Her research interests include student success in postsecondary education, especially as it relates to underrepresented groups; retention initiatives; validation theory; and state and federal education policy. Her working dissertation title is, “Postsecondary Education Attainment: The Importance of Living Learning Communities and Validation in Affecting Student Outcomes.”

Degrees: B.S. and M.S. in Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign