- April 27, 2012
The first time business school professor and administrator Robert Anderson retired, in 2006, he admits it was a failure.
Now he will try again. The dean of the College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Anderson plans to retire at the end of the year. USF Sarasota-Manatee marketing professor Jim Curran, a onetime executive with four large international precious metals firms, will replace Anderson, who turns 74 Oct. 30.
“There was too much time and not enough to do,” says Anderson, who first retired in 2006 after a decade at the helm of the University of South Florida College of Business Administration on the main Tampa campus. “Hopefully I will get it right this time. I'm going to work very hard to remain gainfully unemployed.”
Anderson's USF career began in 1971. He worked his way up from assistant professor to an associate dean to being named dean of the business school in Tampa in 1995. His areas of specialization in business education include marketing research; promotions and consumer behavior; and financial management.
Anderson says one of his proudest accomplishments is the success in growing the business college at USF Sarasota-Manatee. “I'm not much of a maintenance person,” Anderson tells Coffee Talk. “I loved building classes and faculty.”
Beyond staying retired, Anderson says his plans are to do not much. He will spend some time with family and travel a little bit with his wife. His career, he says, “has been quite an adventure and something I've loved. Now it's time to let some younger people do some work.”