CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University has named its next president.
F. King Alexander from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge was announced on Friday.
He will be taking over for Ed Ray, the current OSU president, who will be stepping down June 30, 2020, following 17 years leading OSU.
OSU said Alexander has been an advocate for public higher education, testifying to Congress about barriers to equal opportunity for college students.
“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,” said Rani Borkar, chair of OSU’s Board of Trustees.
One of Alexander’s goals is to reduce student debt, and he said he is committed to working with Gov. Kate Brown, legislators and other leaders “to advance the economy, learning and opportunity for all Oregonians.”
"Our objectives are to serve this population, use research to change the problems, and to make them better," Alexander said. "While also bringing in and keeping the best faculty in the country."
He 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.
Prior to being president at LSU, Alexander was president of California State University Long Beach and Murray State University in Kentucky.
Alexander and his wife Shenette have three adult daughters.
“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."
The Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve his appointment and a five-year employment agreement, ending a national search.