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Anne E. Nelson

Anne NelsonAnne Nelson is the senior assistant dean of student affairs and academic programs in the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her role, she is responsible for generating and maintaining enrollment, working with faculty to enhance the business education curriculum, overseeing the College’s undergraduate student engagement services, leading the Academic Advising teams (undergraduate and graduate), creating career development/exploration programs and administering the College’s Scholarship Program and Petitions. In addition, she supports and develops funding opportunities to enhance student engagement programs and scholarship needs. 

Achievements and Accomplishments:


Named to the Crain’s 30 Notables in Education Leadership. Read Anne's profile here.


Promoted to senior assistant dean of student affairs and academic programs.


In July 2019, Anne was selected as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ list of Notable Women in Education

“The women profiled here are dedicated to creating and expanding learning opportunities for Northeast Ohioans of all ages, at all levels and in a host of fields,” Crain’s notes in its introduction to the list. “Their leadership, devotion and example are helping to shape a better future for our region and its people.”

Individuals were nominated by community members and then reviewed by Crain’s editorial staff. The final list of selections was published July 1


Anne was a guest speaker for Beta Alpha Psi's second annual Inclusive Leadership Panel. Learn more here


Anne was a guest speaker for Beta Alpha Psi and EY's first Inclusive Leadership Panel. Learn more here.

In 2016, Anne was honored by the university twice.
In April of 2015, Anne Nelson, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services presented her research and abstract poster during the NACADA Region V Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Anne's research focuses on how to improve retention and graduation rates for college students at a four year institution by focusing on the sophomore student. Her paper was accepted by NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising Professional Organization to present at their regional conference. She plans to use the findings to further develop a Sophomore Experience Program to help improve the College of Business' sophomore retention rates, which will then help improve graduation rates.
NACADA 2015 Indianapolis
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Previous to her promotion as assistant dean in 2013, Anne held several positions at Cleveland State University. In 2008, she joined the College of Business as an academic advisor for undergraduate students was promoted in 2010 to assistant director of undergraduate programs and advising. Anne has developed many initiatives including proposing and developing the General Business BBA Online Degree Completion Program for adult students (the program launched in Fall 2013); creation of the Business Freshman Leadership Scholarship (gift to students that enhances ability to stay on track and complete their business degree in four or five years); creation of the Business Professional Mentorship Program in Fall 2014 (the program won the President’s Excellence in Diversity Award); creation of the Freshmen & Sophomore Association (an estimated 96 percent of the members maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher); creation of the first  Business Internship and Co-Op Expo in Fall 2014 (over 30 employers attended and more than 350 students attended the program); creation of student engagement programs such as KeyBank Day, Women in Business, the Banking Industry and Workforce Symposium and facilitating workshops for students to enhance study skills, career readiness and career engagement.

In 2006, during Anne's time with the CSU First Year Experience Office she created the Focus Center, the first CSU academic support resource center designed to assist CSU first year students with the challenges that many college students face with the adjustment to college life. The success of the Focus Center lead to a newly created full-time position of Coordinator for the Center and Anne served in this position from 2005 to 2007. The Focus Center received the 2006 Innovative Higher Education Program Award from the Ohio College Personnel Association.

Anne began her career in higher education at John Carroll University and has served Cleveland State students since 2001. She is active in professional associations related to student affairs, business education, student retention issues and advisement services. She serves on several College of Business and Cleveland State University committees and has presented her research findings regarding academic advisement, student engagement programs and student retention issues at professional conferences on the national, regional and local level.

Anne graduated from Notre Dame College of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Business. She received a Master’s of Education in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. Anne is also a proud, spirited football fan and loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and has attended three Super Bowls.