F. King Alexander
F. King Alexander

Dr. F. King Alexander

California State University, Long Beach

Office of the President


In 2006, F. King Alexander was appointed the sixth President of California State University, Long Beach—one of the largest and most diverse universities in the nation. Since Alexander’s appointment, CSU Long Beach has made great strides, gaining international recognition as a teaching-intensive, research-driven institution that emphasizes student achievement, civic participation and global perspectives.

Alexander is an internationally respected expert in higher education finance and public policy and frequently publishes in national journals and for organizations in this field. He also works continuously to facilitate new federal legislation on behalf of all public higher education institutions. He has served as a reviewer, an editorial board member, and a university instructor and faculty member, teaching courses in higher education finance, law, history and current events.

Alexander currently serves on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Public Purpose and Policy Committee and the American Council on Education. Prior service includes the board of directors for the United Way of Kentucky and a membership in the American Council on Education Policy Advisory Committee. Alexander’s honors include the National Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, and he was voted the California State Student Association President of the Year in 2010.

Academic Experience

President, California State University, Long Beach, 2006 to date.

President, Murray State University, Kentucky, 2001-06.

Foundation Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, 2005 to date.

Faculty Affiliate, Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, Cornell University, 2003 to date.

Faculty Affiliate, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Cornell University, 1997 to date.

Coordinator of the Higher Education Program and Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1997-2001.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Lecturer, Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995-97.

Director of Annual Programs, Office of University Advancement and External Relations, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1991-92.

Coordinator of External Programs, Office of University Advancement and External Relations, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1990-91.


Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Educational Studies/Comparative Education Policy, University of Oxford,    England
B.A., Political Science, St. Lawrence University, New York