|S. Kern Alexander|
|President of Western Kentucky University|
|Term||1985 – 1988|
|President of Murray State University|
|Term||1994 – 2001|
|Successor||F. King Alexander|
|Born||June 30, 1939
|Alma mater||B.A, Centre College
M.A., Western Kentucky University
Ed.D., Indiana University
|Spouse||Ruth (Hammack) Alexander (1st)
Elizabeth (Bohon) Alexander (current)
|Children||Samuel Kern Alexander III
Fieldon King Alexander
Klinton West Alexander
Wesley Kane Alexander
Samuel Kern Alexander, Jr. is Professor of Excellence at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is coordinator of the Leary Endowment and Editor of the Journal of Education Finance, published by the University of Illinois Press.
Samuel Kern Alexander, Jr. was born in Marrowbone, Kentucky in 1939. Kern earned his bachelor of arts degree with a double major in English and History from Centre College in 1961. While at Centre, Alexander was quarterback and captain of Centre’s football team. In 1960, he was named Honorable Mention All-American. While a senior at Centre, Kern Alexander met his first wife, Ruth Hammack. Ruth was a native of Paint Lick, Kentucky, and she graduated from Milligan College in 1960. Ruth moved to Danville, Kentucky for a teaching job after graduating from college. Kern Alexander and Ruth Hammack were married in 1961. The Alexanders moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Kern a earned a masters degree from Western Kentucky University in 1962. Kern and Ruth Alexander had two children Samuel Kern Alexander III and Fieldon King Alexander, and then the Alexanders moved to Indiana, where Kern completed his Ed.D in Educational Administration from Indiana University in 1965. The Alexanders went on to have two more children: Klinton West Alexander and Wesley Kane Alexander.
Prior to coming to the University of Illinois he served as President of two American state universities (Western Kentucky University and Murray State University), was a tenured distinguished professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and held the Robinson Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. As President of Murray State, Alexander began a residential college system. He is the author or co-author of 25 books on education finance and law and has served as finance expert in state school finance litigation in 22 American states.
Alexander founded the Oxford Round Table, a series of interdisciplinary conferences held at various colleges in the University of Oxford, in 1989. He has been closely involved with the Round Table ever since, often serving as its president. In recent years, some critics have criticized the Round Table for employing lax selection procedures or running "vanity conferences."
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