Nichols College News

Keith Anderson 2011 Commencement Speaker

Nichols College Interim President Gerald Fels announced that the 2011 Commencement speaker will be Keith Anderson, chief investment officer for the Soros Fund Management, LLC, and its principal entity, the Quantum Fund. Anderson will address the Class of 2011 on Saturday, May 7th at 10:30 a.m. on the softball field off Center Road in Dudley, Mass.

“Nichols seniors are delighted to have Keith as their honored guest,” states President Fels. “He’s an inspiration to our business students who must think, and compete, globally.”

As an alumnus of Nichols, Anderson established a student scholarship in 2003 to invest in the next generation of business leaders and honor an outstanding professor’s 36-year career: The Keith Corkum Endowed Scholarship in Economics. Nine Nichols students have been recipients to date.

Anderson oversees all investment activities and investment professionals of Soros Fund Management, LLC. Prior to joining Soros Fund Management in February of 2008, he was vice chairman and chief investment officer of BlackRock, Inc., a $1.4 trillion asset management firm. Anderson, one of the founders of BlackRock in 1988, spent twenty years at the firm.

Prior to founding BlackRock, Anderson was a vice president in Fixed Income Research at The First Boston Corporation. From 1983 to 1987, he was a portfolio manager at Criterion Investment Management Company.

Anderson serves on the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, which meets quarterly in Washington, D.C., with the secretary and staff of the U.S. Treasury to advise on the financing and management of the federal debt. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investors Advisory Committee on Financial Markets.

Anderson currently serves as vice chairman of the board of Family Dynamics, a non-profit organization focusing on the prevention of child abuse, and on the boards of Rice University in Houston and The Brearley School in New York City. Additionally, he is a member of The Economic Club of New York.

In addition to earning a B.S. in Economics and Finance from Nichols College in 1981 and a Doctor of Science in Business Administration (Hon.) in 2007, Anderson received an M.B.A. from Rice University in 1983. He lives with his wife Peggy in New York City. They have four children.