Michael J. Anderson is the new ASU Risk and Resilience assistant VP

Michael J. Anderson has been named Arizona State University’s assistant vice president of Risk and Resilience. Anderson assumed his role in early January 2023 and reports to Nichol Luoma, vice president of University Business Services. Anderson will oversee operational, reputational and strategic risk areas across ASU to support physical security, emergency preparedness and risk management initiatives, among other duties.

“Michael’s extensive experience in risk management, security and crisis response will be an incredible resource in his new role,” Luoma said. “University Business Services is delighted to welcome Michael to ASU in support of our students, faculty and staff and the Sun Devil community.” 

Anderson comes to ASU from Arizona Public Service, where he was general manager for enterprise security. During his five-year APS career, Anderson was the critical infrastructure protection senior manager, overseeing the company’s performance in the Department of Energy’s COP compliance audits. Anderson also administered physical and cybersecurity operations, overhauled their Emergency Event Program and designed the Insider Threat Program that assessed physical, cyber and financial risks. 

“My father had a very rewarding 25-year career in higher education in Minnesota, so I am thrilled to build upon that legacy in an innovative, inclusive and dynamic public service organization like ASU,” Anderson said.  I am very excited to channel my passion and professional experience in risk and security to foster and enhance ASU’s enterprise risk, physical security and emergency preparedness programs.”

Before APS, Anderson served as Special Agent in Charge at the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Chicago and New Orleans divisions. During his 22-year FBI tenure, Anderson managed all national security, cyber, criminal and foreign counterintelligence investigations and operations for the fourth-largest field office in the U.S. He also implemented the FBI’s post-9/11 Threat Intelligence Program.

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law. He is the board chair for the Phoenix Police Foundation and a member of the FBI Phoenix InfraGard, Carnegie Mellon Insider Threat Working Group and ASIS International.

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