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College president reappointed to second term

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Dan McAlexander has been unanimously reappointed to an extended four-year term as president of LaGrange College by the institution’s board of trustees. The board’s action envisions his continued leadership of the college in fulfilling its strategic plan, “Vision 2020: From Promise to Prominence.”


“The trustees continue to be proud of the leadership that Dr. McAlexander is providing the college,” said board chairman Bill Hodges. “He has led the institution through a most challenging economic climate, helping it to emerge fiscally sound and organizationally strong, as evidenced by the arrival of our largest-ever freshman class this fall.”


Hodges cited other accomplishments of McAlexander’s since he assumed the presidency in July 2009. Since that time the college has seen steady growth in its undergraduate population, introduced its Servant Scholars program housed in the Broad Street Apartments, expanded its academic offerings for both graduates and undergraduates, restored both Lamar Dodd Art Center and Price Theater, strengthened the college’s sustainability efforts, and launched a Global Engagement initiative.


“President McAlexander has been passionate about strengthening the student experience through the college’s academic offerings and methods of delivery,” said trustee Nancy Stevens. “As a lifelong educator, I know we must continue to adapt to meet changing needs. The new Exercise Science major, for example, has now become one of the college’s most popular offerings, and upcoming graduate degrees in community counseling and philanthropy and development also hold great promise.


“Beyond the college, the entire community has benefited from the engagement of Dr. McAlexander and his wife, Celeste. The 3D Journeys program, which brings the college to the community, is a perfect illustration of that impact.”


McAlexander says he is both honored and humbled by the decision.


“I am deeply honored to continue leading this college which is so richly blessed with promise and potential, and to continue to engage it ever more completely with this community which has nurtured it so generously and loyally,” he said. “Our work together has transformed the lives of our graduates and our communities, and I know that with continued collaboration we will accomplish great things in the years to come.”


Before arriving to serve as LaGrange College’s 25th president, McAlexander spent more than 30 years in higher education, serving as a faculty member and administrator at denominationally affiliated institutions. Most recently he served for eight years as Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.


Previously, he held the positions of Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Planning at Hardin-Simmons University, in Abilene, Texas, where he began his academic career as a member of the music faculty. He earned degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, The Juilliard School and the University of Cincinnati.


He has been married for 38 years to Celeste Myall, a violinist, conductor and former university faculty member who now leads the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Orchestra and Strings Project. The couple have two children: Anne, who lives and works in New York with her husband, Alex, and Alice, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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