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Dr. Alexander

Livingston Alexander was named the third president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on April 24, 2003, and on May 7, 2012, assumed the presidency of the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville in an administrative re-alignment under which he serves as president of both institutions.

During his tenure at Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Alexander has led a number of institutional initiatives to revitalize academic programs and stimulate enrollment, outcomes which he intends to replicate at Pitt-Titusville.

At Pitt-Bradford, Dr. Alexander led the development of two five-year strategic plans, which include eight major strategic directions and action plans to advance a very ambitious institutional agenda. Among the major accomplishments resulting from the planning efforts on the Pitt-Bradford campus were the development of new academic majors, successful completion of a $13 million capital campaign, construction of one academic building and three residence halls, major renovations of two academic buildings, development and implementation of an integrated marketing plan, and significant increases in enrollment and retention.

Before becoming Pitt-Bradford’s president, Dr. Alexander was the provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Kean University in Union, N. J. During his tenure there, Alexander led the implementation of a revised general education program, widely known for its innovative features.

Dr. Alexander began his career in higher education as an assistant professor of psychology at Western Kentucky University and subsequently advanced to the rank of professor. After completing an American Council on Education Fellowship in higher education administration at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he assumed successive positions as department head at Georgia Southern University, associate vice president for academic affairs and director of graduate studies at Western Kentucky University, and vice president for academic affairs at Troy State University-Montgomery.

During his academic and administrative career, Dr. Alexander has written numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of cognition, teaching and learning, and leadership. In 1989, he published the results of his research on mathematics anxiety in the journal, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. His abbreviated version of the Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale has been used or cited in dozen of research studies. An earlier study titled “Facilitation of Learning and Retention of Oral Instruction Using Advance and Post Organizers” and published in the Journal of Educational Psychology examined the efficacy of cognitive organizers in improving learning and retention of oral instruction.

He has led seminars on the personal and interpersonal dimensions of leadership and diversity for the American Council on Education's fellowship program and has served as chair of the New Jersey Council of Chief Academic Officers and as an elected member of the American Association of University Administrators' Board of Directors.

Dr. Alexander is a member of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, the American Council on Education Commission on Lifelong Learning, the Millennium Leadership Initiative Steering Committee, and the Nominating Committee for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is a board member of Upper Allegheny Health Systems, Continental One (an interstate highway/commerce initiative), and The Center for Rural Pennsylvania and serves as a trustee of Hilbert College, in Hamburg, N.Y.

Dr. Alexander is a native of Breaux Bridge, La. He earned his A.B. degree in philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary College in Washington, D.C., and the M.Ed. degree in curriculum and the Ed.D. degree in educational psychology from the University of Houston.