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LSU president attracted by university's accomplishments takes top post in July, replacing Ed Ray.

COURTESY PHOTO: THERESA HOGUE/OSU - F. King Alexander was named Friday, Dec. 13, as Oregon State University's new president. He takes the job July 1, 2020.Oregon State University's board named F. King Alexander as its new university president Friday morning, Dec. 13.

Alexander, 56, is president and chancellor of Louisiana State University. He becomes the university's 15th president, replacing Ed Ray, who steps down on June 30 after 17 years leading the university.

The board voted unanimously to approve Alexander's appointment and a five-year employment agreement. He takes the job July 1, 2020.

"Dr. King Alexander is the right person, educator and higher education leader to carry on the transformative impact that Oregon State University provides throughout our state, nation and world," said Rani Borkar, chair of OSU's Board of Trustees. "His leadership will carry forward the university's significant momentum generated by President Ed Ray. Dr. Alexander's leadership also will continue the university's commitment to advancing inclusivity, student success, faculty excellence, research discovery, access to higher education for all, and community service throughout Oregon and globally."

In addition to the university in Corvallis, OSU has campuses in Bend and Portland. It also has an oceanography and marine biology program in Newport. About 33,000 students are enrolled at the university.

PMG FILE PHOTO - OSU President Edward Ray steps down in June 2020 from the post he's held for 17 years.Alexander said he was honored to be chosen for the job. OSU's record of achievement attracted him to the position, he said. "Oregon State University's mission and destiny as an internationally recognized land, sea, space and sun grant university captured me," Alexander said. "OSU is on the cutting edge of the many critical issues that the world is begging to understand."

Alexander became LSU president in July 2013. He was president of California State University Long Beach from January 2006 to June 2013, and president of Murray State University in Kentucky from September 2001 to December 2005.

Alexander has a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a master's degree in educational studies and comparative education policy from the University of Oxford; and a bachelor's degree in political science from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he was a member of the men's basketball team.

He and his wife, Shenette, have three adult daughters, Kylie, Savannah and Madison. "We are very excited to become Oregonians and members of Beaver Nation," Alexander said. "I look forward to collaborating with OSU students, faculty, staff, donors, stakeholders and community partners to continue to advance this remarkable university."




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