Joseph B. Anderson, Jr.
Mr. Joseph B. Anderson, Jr. born in Topeka, Kansas, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1965, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Math and Engineering. He subsequently received two Masters Degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972 and 1973. Mr. Anderson attended the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1977. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program, 1984. In June 2007, Mr. Anderson received an Honorary Doctor of Management Degree from Kettering University.
During his military career, Mr. Anderson commanded troops as an infantry officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and served two tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. In addition to troop command, Mr. Anderson served as aide-de-camp to two general officers, and he also was an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Mr. Anderson and the infantry platoon he commanded in Vietnam were subjects of the highly acclaimed documentary film “The Anderson Platoon”. The documentary has been shown in more than 20 countries and has won several prizes including the Oscar of the Academy Awards and an Emmy for the “Best Documentary Film of 1967”. Mr. Anderson’s military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals, and eleven Air Medals. Mr. Anderson resigned his commission in 1978, after 13 years of service and early selection for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel.Mr. Anderson currently serves on the company Boards of Directors of Quaker Chemical Corporation, Meritor, Inc., NV Energy, Valassis Communications and Rite Aid Corporation. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the board of the National Recreation Foundation. Mr. Anderson serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council for the term 2013-2015. Mr. Anderson’s community involvement includes Horizons-Upward Bound Advisory Board.
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