Press Release

2/16/10 Fullerton, CA - HIU Names Vice President for Academic Affairs

Hope International University (HIU) announces Paul Alexander, Ph.D. as the new Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Alexander has served HIU for the last fifteen years in a variety of leadership roles that have left an indelible mark on the advancement of the University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science for Pacific Christian College of HIU, Professor of Psychology and Leadership, Director of Distance Learning, and Director of the Center for Leadership Learning.

“Dr. Alexander has the combination of experience, education, and leadership skills that we need to accomplish the task of transforming Hope from two schools to five colleges,” said Dr. John L. Derry, President of HIU. “His approach to change is tempered with wisdom and sensitivity to the needs of students and faculty with a focus on educational excellence. I am especially pleased with the enthusiastic manner in which he has assumed his new role.”

As Director of Distance Learning, Dr. Alexander was instrumental in starting HopeOnline, HIU’s cutting-edge online education platform which currently offers close to 250 online courses. HIU is recognized as a leader in distance learning with students from 42 states and 7 countries.

He also served as Director of the Center for Leadership Learning, by which he oversaw the leadership curriculum for the entire University and brought service-learning to the forefront of leadership learning. Dr. Alexander also ran a successful outreach to Christian high school students that introduced them to their individual strengths, gifts, and calling through 3-day conferences. Additionally, Dr. Alexander oversaw the Center for Public Leadership, which encourages students to engage in political, societal, and justice issues.

Dr. Alexander received Faculty Excellence award in 2003 and 2007. He was also Graduate Studies Alumnus of the Year for HIU in 2001.

In addition to his career in higher education, Dr. Alexander has worked in church ministry and Christian counseling. He has served as a leadership development consultant in churches and non-profit organizations and regularly leads marriage enrichment seminars in churches entitled “Mind Over Marriage.” He has trained hundreds of lay counselors to minister in churches throughout the West Coast.

Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Hope International University (B.A., M.A.) and Regent University (Ph.D.). He is an ordained minister, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He teaches on a regular basis at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton where he and his family attend and serve. He and his wife Leslie have two children, Kelsey and Cole.

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