Alvin J. Schexnider is president of Schexnider & Associates, LLC, a management consulting firm in Chesapeake, Virginia. Before retiring in April 2007, he was executive vice president of Norfolk State University where he also served as interim president. Following an 18 month hiatus he served as president of Thomas Nelson Community College from 2008 to 2011 before a second retirement. A former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University, he has held faculty and administrative positions at Southern University, Syracuse University, The Federal Executive Institute, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Wake Forest University.
Schexnider earned a BA degree in political science at Grambling State University. He received the MA and PhD in political science from Northwestern University, where he held Norman Wait Harris, Ford Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson fellowships.
He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the J. Sergeant Reynolds Award for Outstanding Service in Public Administration, the Grambling State University Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alpha Phi Alpha Distinguished Educator of the Year Award, and he was inducted into the Grambling State University Hall of Fame.
Schexnider’s most recent book, Saving Black Colleges: Leading Change in a Complex Organization (New York: Palgrave Macmillan) was released in September 2013. A coauthor of Blacks and the Military (Brookings Institution), he has written extensively on public management and leadership in higher education. He formerly served on the editorial boards of Public Administration Review and the Journal of Power and Ethics. Schexnider was featured in two documentaries regarding construction of the Alaska Canada Highway, one produced for American Legacy in 2003 and another produced for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) American Experience Series in 2005.
Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of Virginia Wesleyan College. Previously, he served on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University and the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College. He is married and the father of a son and a daughter.