LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
Dr. F. King Alexander is the
president of Louisiana State
University, which enrolls more
than 45,000 students and
includes institutions across
Louisiana. He began at LSU on
June 24, 2013. During his tenure
as president, the university
has seen consecutive recordbreaking
graduating classes in
terms of both size and diversity,
and enrollment growth across
Prior to this appointment, Dr.
Alexander was president of
Dr. F. King Alexander
California State University, Long Beach (2005-2013), one of the nation’s
largest public universities.
Among ranking services that measure outcomes such as graduate
success, low debt loads, and high rates of social mobility, LSU has seen a
considerable upward climb during Dr. Alexander’s tenure. In the past three
years, the university has moved up 148 spots in The Wall Street Journal/
Times Higher Education’s rankings. This year alone, LSU made a significant
jump in Washington Monthly’s rankings, climbing nearly 20 spots to finish
No. 71 among all public universities in the nation. When compared to other
flagship universities in a national scope, LSU moved up six spots to No. 24.
In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked LSU in the top tier of “Best
National Universities” for the 12th consecutive year. The university remains
Louisiana’s highest ranked public institution in all three publications.
According to the Payscale 2019-20 College Salary Report, the earnings of
LSU’s graduates are also outpacing peer institutions. Among the SEC’s public
universities, LSU alumni rank third in both starting and mid-career salaries.
During his more than seven-year tenure at California State University, Long
Beach, Dr. Alexander was twice named the California State University
Student Association (CSSA) “President of the Year,” which represents all 23
California State Universities and its more than 440,000 students.
Prior to becoming president of California State University, Long Beach, Dr.
Alexander was president of Murray State University in Kentucky (2001-05)
and was a faculty member at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana,
where he was the director of the graduate higher education program.
A Kentucky native who grew up in north Florida, Dr. Alexander received
his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in higher education
administration with a focus on finance and educational policy analysis, and
a Master of Science degree in comparative educational studies from the
University of Oxford in Oxford, England.
As a teacher and administrator, Dr. Alexander has received many honors,
including the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Alumni
Achievement Award (2002) and has research university faculty affiliations at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for the Study of Postsecondary
Education (WISCAPE) and Cornell University Higher Education Research
Dr. Alexander also has been asked to represent public higher education
colleges and universities on numerous occasions to the United States
Congress on issues of college affordability, student indebtedness, and
institutional efficiency and effectiveness in efforts to address many of the
growing challenges facing American higher education.
He has testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education,
Labor & Pensions (HELP), the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, to name a few. Due
to his national recognition and involvement in higher education issues, Dr.
Alexander has served on numerous U.S. higher education and statewide
organizational leadership boards, and remains very active in policy and
Dr. Alexander and his wife, Shenette, have three children: Kylie, Savannah
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