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Rolph Ely Anderson, Ph.D. and Royal H. Gibson, Sr. Chair Professor and former head (1975-1997) of the Department of Marketing at Drexel University. Recipient of inaugural 1998 "Excellent in Sales Scholarship Award from AMA SIG; 1998, received best publication article, Journal Personnel Selling and Sales Management; Research Excellence award, LeBow College of Business, 2000-2001; Fellow, LeBow College Center Teaching Excellence, since 2003.


Anderson, Rolph Ely was born on August 27, 1936 in Buchanan, Michigan, United States. Son of Eugene Jefferson and Susanna (James) Anderson.


Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1958. Master of Business Administration, Michigan State University, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, University Florida, 1971.


Inventory manager Shell Oil Corporation, Detroit, 1958-1959. Contract administrator Westinghouse Electrical Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1962-1963. Manager new product development Quaker Oats Company, Chicago, 1964-1967.

Professor, chairman department business management Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 1971-1975. Chairman department marketing Drexel University, Philadelphia, 1975-1997, Royal H. Gibson chair professor business administration, since 1991. Member sales committee Finance Services Advisor magazine, since 2000.

Distinguished fellow LeBow College Center for Teaching Excellence, since 2003. Served to captain Supply Corps. United States Navy.



Member faculty advisory board Fisher Institute Professional Selling, since 1998. Member of International American Marketing Association (Sales Interest Group Inaugural Excellence in Sales Research award 1998), Northeast American Institute Decision Sciences (board directors 1977-1978), Academy Marketing Science (secretary, member executive council 1984-1986), Southern Marketing Association, Sales and Marketing Executives International, American Marketing Association (international conference co-chairman 1978, vice president programming Philadelphia chapter 1984-1985, board directors 1986-1987, 1992-1993), American Institute Decision Sciences (national council 1977-1979), Southeast American Institute Decision Sciences (president 1977-1978), Reserve Officers Association, Naval Reserve Association, Beta Gamma Sigma.


Married Sallie Durkee Warner. Children: Rachel Elizabeth, Stuart James.

Eugene Jefferson Anderson

Susanna (James) Anderson

Sallie Durkee Warner

Rachel Elizabeth Anderson

Stuart James Anderson