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September 6, 2013

Dr. Elmore Alexander is the new dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater, bringing to the position more than three decades of experience in higher education.
“I am so delighted to have the opportunity to come to Bridgewater and be part of such a dynamic organization with such an enthusiastic faculty,” Dr. Alexander said. “It’s especially exciting to be at a university with a strong international focus because I believe that’s where the future of business education is.”

The new dean’s experience includes positions as both a faculty member and administrator. Additionally, he possesses a broad background as a practicing scholar, with more than 70 articles and presentations to his credit. He has worked as a consultant to businesses, government agencies and hospitals, both in this country and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The South Carolina native is a graduate of Wake Forest University with advanced degrees from the University of Georgia, where he started his teaching career at the University of Memphis. “I’ve been working my way north ever since,” he said.  

Prior to his arrival at Bridgewater, Dr. Alexander was the dean of the School of Management at Marist College in New York and, before that, dean of the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University.

His experience also includes positions such as director of the division of business and management at Johns Hopkins University, and associate dean and chair of the management department within the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C.

Organizational communication is Dr. Alexander’s area of academic interest. “Specifically, I’m interested in studying how managers develop the ability to listen, how managers read non-verbal clues, and how managers acquire and polish the means to choose effective media,” he said. “In short, my objective is to help managers be more effective by improving their ability to communicate with the people for whom they’re responsible.”

Dr. Alexander said his research will continue at Bridgewater, and he hopes eventually to be able to teach a class or two. “Teaching is my first love,” he said.

(Story by David K. Wilson, ’71, Office of University Advancement)