The California State University Board of Trustees has selected Murray State University
President F. King Alexander '87 to be the sixth president of California State
University, Long Beach.
"It is an honor and a privilege to succeed a highly popular and respected president.
The students at Cal State Long Beach are serious about their educational opportunities
and I am committed to doing everything possible to enhance their success," said
Alexander. "In my judgment, the faculty and staff are dedicated to students and
the advancement of this university and the surrounding communities.
"I believe that the value and priorities of Cal State Long Beach are consistent
with my own. For this reason, I am proud and humbled to have been selected as the
next president of this fine institution. I will strive to continue building on the
positive momentum of programs and achievements that distinguish Cal State Long Beach
throughout the state and nation today," he said.
"Dr. Alexander has the right combination of an excellent academic background and superb
administrative experience to take the helm of Cal State Long Beach," said Bob Foster,
CSU trustee and chair of the presidential search committee. "He is a strong supporter
of student success, is energetic and a visionary who can enhance the campus reputation
that outgoing President Bob Maxson built. All members of the CSU Board of Trustees
welcome him to the CSU system and are eager to work with him."
Alexander, who was one of four finalists for the position, will assume the Long Beach
presidency shortly after the first of the year. He succeeds President Maxson, who is
retiring after 11 years as president.
During his 15 years in higher education, Alexander has been recognized as an expert
in higher education finance and public policy. He has been the president at Murray
State University in Kentucky since 2001. He is also a current Foundation Fellow at
Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and a faculty affiliate at both
the Cornell University Higher Education Research Institute and the University of
Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Previously he was the
coordinator of the Higher Education Program at the University of Illinois,
where he also was an assistant professor. In addition, Alexander served as the
director of annual programs and the coordinator of external programs, both at the
University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
His Ph.D. is in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin
at Madison; his master of sciences in educational studies/comparative education
from the University of Oxford (England). Alexander's St. Lawrence degree is in
government; he was also a member of the basketball team while an undergraduate.
California State University, Long Beach
Posted: November 3, 2005