Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson

By Amy TurnerJuly 8, 2021

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Creighton University (1979)

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The Military Science class started as a way for Marcia Anderson to fill a needed science credit during her time at Creighton University. It became the beginning of an unprecedented career of service.

After receiving her Bachelors of Art in Political Science from Creighton University, Anderson earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University.

In 2011, Anderson became the first African American woman in the United States Army’s history to achieve the rank of major general in the United States Army Reserve.

In her 36 years of service in the Army, Anderson earned many awards including the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Achievement Medal among several others.

Her last two assignments before her retirement were Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command and Deputy Chief, U.S. Army Reserve. In this role, Anderson, had oversight for the planning, programming and resource management for the execution of an Army Reserve budget of $8 billion that supported over 225,000 Army Reserve Soldiers, civilians and their families.

Anderson retired from the military in 2016. Since then, she has been awarded the AUSA’s GM James Earl Rudder Medal and has been inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame.

She serves as a role model for women and minorities throughout the country.

About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.

The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.

Read more about the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees.