F. King Alexander

Dr. F. King Alexander was named the 6th President of California State University, Long Beach in November of 2005 after serving as the President of Murray State University in Kentucky from 2001-2005. California State University, Long Beach is the nation’s 25th largest university and is recognized as a “university of choice” among students throughout California and the western United States. 

Dr. Alexander is a well respected national expert in domestic and international higher education finance and public policy. His research on university revenue and expenditure patterns has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Boston Globe, The Australian, and The Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Alexander’s efforts to improve federal higher education policy has contributed to the development of Congressional legislation advancing the “net tuition concept” in order to enhance public accountability and future funding of higher education institutions.        

Prior to serving as president of two public universities Dr. Alexander was a faculty member and director of the Higher Education Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1997-2001. In addition to being President of California State University, Long Beach he also serves as a faculty affiliate at Cornell University’s Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI). 

Dr. Alexander received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin--Madison in Higher Education Finance and Public Policy, a Master’s of Science degree from Oxford University (England) in Comparative Education Policy, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in political science.