Paul H. Alexander Ph.D.

University President; Professor of Psychology & Counseling

Paul H. Alexander, Ph.D., became the seventh President of Hope International University on August 16, 2019. Dr. Alexander has served Hope International University since 1994 in a number 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.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Regent University
  • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy (Marriage, Family and Child Counseling), Pacific Christian College (Now Hope International University)
  • B.A., Church Growth, Emphasis in Preaching, Pacific Christian College


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 1992 to Present
Clinical Member California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 1992 to Present
Ordained Pastor in the Christian Churches/Church of Christ 1988 to Present
EMDR Certification 1994
Prepare and Enrich Pre-Marital/Marital Instrument 1996



  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Marriage and Family
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics
  • Leadership Skills


2003, 2007 - Faculty of the Year, Hope International University
2001 - Graduate Studies Alumnus of the Year, Hope International University
2001 - Yearbook Dedication


  • Positive Psychology
  • Learned Optimism
  • Conflict Management
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Emerging Leadership


Locus of Control and Conflict Management: An Examination of the Relationship Between Locus of Control and Conflict Avoidance Among a Local Church Staff. Published as a part of online journal at Regent University.

Dissertation: Professor as Leader of Students' Faith Development: An Examination of the Relationship Between a Professor's Willingness to Share Personal Faith Information and Changes in Students' Faith Maturation.


Academic Presentation:
2003 Locus of Control and Conflict Management Paper
Regent University International Leadership Studies Conference
2009 Healing for Damaged Emotions Series
Eastside Christian Church
2008 Christian Counseling
Revival Church in Menifee
2006-2007 Mind Over Marriage Seminar
Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton
Lemon Grove Christian Church
Quail Lakes Baptist Church
Diamond Canyon Christian Church
2005 How to Minister to our Aging Parents
Christian Church of Thousand Oaks
2004 Avoiding Pastoral Burnout 2004
Hope International Graduate Ministry Program
2003 Teaching Children and Teenagers About Sex
Anaheim First Christian Church
2003 Men’s Dark Side: Healing for Anger and Lust 2003
North Orange Christian Church
Christian Church of Thousand Oaks
2002 Surviving Depression
Quail Lakes Baptist Church, Stockton, CA



Golf, fly-fishing and hiking in the Sierras with my family


It is my life's mission to be the best husband and father I can be. Additionally, it is my mission to glorify God and advance His Kingdom in the arena of Christian higher education.