Incoming LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander Receives Humanitarian Award
BATON ROUGE – Incoming LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander was honored, along with three other Long Beach community leaders, with the California Conference for Equality and Justice, or CCEJ, Humanitarian Award on Wednesday, May 15.
Alexander; Ivy Goolsby, marketing director and manager of the Long Beach Division of International Realty & Investments Inc.; J. Christopher Lytle, executive director of the Port of Long Beach; and Judy Ross, executive director of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership were honored at CCEJ’s 50th Annual Humanitarian Awards dinner, held at The Renaissance Long Beach. CCEJ also recognized philanthropists Barbara and Ray Alpert with the “Building Bridges” Award.
“CCEJ has been committed to the fight for equity and justice for decades,” Alexander said. “I am humbled to be recognized by such a distinguished organization when so many others are deserving.”
Founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, CCEJ is a human relations organization dedicated to confronting bias, bigotry and racism in America. CCEJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. For more information, visit http://cacej.org/.
Humanitarian Award recipients are nominated by members of the CCEJ board, representatives of social service agencies and clubs in the greater Long Beach area, and past honorees. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of the CCEJ board president and past Humanitarian Award recipients.
Alexander, currently the president of California State University Long Beach, plans to begin at LSU at the end of June. He is replacing William Jenkins, who came out of retirement to serve as interim LSU System president and interim LSU chancellor.
Prior to becoming president at CSU Long Beach in 2006, Alexander was the president of Murray State University from 2001 to 2006. He received his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin, his Master of Science in educational studies/comparative educational policy in 1991 from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 in political science from St. Lawrence University.
Under his leadership, CSU Long Beach improved graduation rates to their highest levels in school history; enhanced the number of graduates to their highest levels, totaling approximately 9,000 degrees per year; and obtained capital funding and constructed a new $110 million Hall of Science, a $70 million Student Recreation and Wellness Center and a new School of Nursing facility during an economic recession.
Alexander significantly increased CSU Long Beach’s research and external funding capacity and support. He oversaw a reorganization of CSU Long Beach’s institutional advancement and public relations office, and the university’s private philanthropic giving has set institutional records and currently is in the midst of its first “Capital Campaign,” where more than $200 million has already been raised, resulting in a doubling of the university’s endowment.
During this same time, he maintained and modified budgeting processes to accommodate an $85 million reduction in state appropriations during the economic recession. Alexander was twice voted “President of the Year” by the California State University Student Association, representing 23 student governments and 435,000 students throughout California.
In addition to serving as president at CSU Long Beach and Murray State, Alexander has held positions at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; University of Wisconsin, Madison; and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.