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M. David Alexander
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  1. David Alexander


  1. David Alexander, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, School of Education, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.


He received his Ed.D. in educational administration from Indiana University in 1969. Dr. Alexander’s dissertation was selected by the Committee on Educational Finance, National Education Association, for outstanding contributions to the field of educational finance. 


He joined Virginia Tech in 1972 after having taught at Western Kentucky University.  Dr. Alexander was a math teacher, coach and school board member in the public schools of Kentucky and Virginia. 



Dr. Alexander's honors include School of Education International Outreach Award ( 2009) ,  Virginia Tech Alumni  International Outreach Award ( 2009) ,the College of Education's Distinguished Service Award , the Leadership Award of the Virginia Association of School Business Officials, Special Contribution to Education Award, Educational Leadership Program, Indiana University (2001), and Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars for his contribution to International Education.  He has served on many university and college committees, as well as the committees and boards of professional organizations, including the American Educational Finance Association, the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (Education Law Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State ( former board member), Americans for Religious Liberty ( National Advisory Board) and the Virginia Association of School Business Officials, serving as President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.


He is co-author of five books, one of which, American Public School Law, currently in the eighth edition, co-authored with Kern Alexander, is a leading graduate textbook in the graduate education.  Another also co-authored with Kern Alexander is The Law of Schools, Students and Teacher in a Nutshell, fourth edition, a popular book for practitioners who have legal questions. In 2012 he coauthored The Challenges to School Policing.  Alexander has also written numerous research reports and articles, many of which have been presented at regional, national, and international meetings.   Dr. Alexander has had four (4) Fulbright-Hays grants funded for study abroad and has been the principal investigator on numerous other grants.


Dr. Alexander has been a member of the Education Law Association (ELA - formerly NOLPE) since 1965.  He was on the ELA Publication Board 1980-82, state chair (1980-81), Board of Directors (1982-85) ,  Vice-President ( 2005), President-Elect( 2006)  and President ( 2007). He received the Marion A. McGhehey Award in recognition of outstanding service in the field of education law (2007).

 His research interests are school law, school finance, policy studies and international comparative education.

  1. David Alexander

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