Glenn M. Anderson
Glenn Anderson, former president of the Cooperative
League of the USA (now the National Cooperative Business Association), demonstrated
statesmanship, personal commitment, and leadership throughout his career with
cooperatives. He was a teacher and an innovator whose cooperative vision embraced
Anderson was instrumental in effecting the consolidation
of the Wisconsin Association of Cooperatives and the Wisconsin Council of Agricultural
Cooperatives, and served as the first executive secretary of the resulting organization,
the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives. He provided outstanding leadership and
vision to this new organization for nine years. His influence was felt throughout
Wisconsin through this work, his innovative Co-op Month activities, and his efforts
as a founding member of the Group Health Cooperative of Madison.
As CLUSA's president, he implemented a number of national
and international conferences to further cooperatives, and helped build the National
Consumer Cooperative Bank. Always an advocate for co-op education, he helped start
the Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, a unit within the University of Wisconsin.
In addition, he wrote a number of educational books on cooperatives, and was the
first president of the Association of Cooperative Educators. He was an eloquent
speaker who preached the value of cooperatives throughout the country.