Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider was an executive vice president at 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. Dr. Schexnider is a former chancellor of Winston-Salem State University and 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. 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.
Dr. Schexnider earned a BA from Grambling State University and a MA and PhD from Northwestern University, where he held Norman Wait Harris, Ford Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson fellowships. He has served on the boards of Excelsior College, Virginia State University, and Virginia Wesleyan College.