Will W. Alexander

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Will Winton Alexander (1884–1956) was chief executive officer of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation (CIC) as well as the first president of Dillard University.

Early life and education[edit]

Alexander was born in Marrisville, Missouri in 1884. He attended Vanderbilt University.[1]

Career[edit]

He served as Executive Secretary Army Y.M.C.A. Southeastern Military Department from 1917 to 1919.[1]

He served as the Executive Director of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation from 1919 to 1930.[1]

Alexander originally had no desire to become a college president; he was deeply committed to the CIC. However, he was persuaded to become acting president "during the preliminary stages of its development", and served in 1935–36.[2] In 1926 he was the first ever winner of the prestigious Gold medal for distinguished achievements in race relations of the Harmon Foundation awards.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 6. ISBN 0837932017. 
  2. ^ Dykeman, p. 173.
  3. ^ Dykeman, pp. 162–3.
References
  • Dykeman, Wilma (1976). Seeds Of Southern Change: The Life Of Will Alexander. W. W. Norton and Company, Inc. ISBN 0-393-00813-4 ISBN 978-0393008135
  • Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. ISBN 0837932017.