Dr. Alvin J. Schexnider
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Alvin Schexnider completed his undergraduate study at Grambling State University, where he was captain of the debate team and an honors graduate. He obtained the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Northwestern University, where he held Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation fellowships.
Before his appointment as chancellor of WSSU in 1996, Schexnider had served Virginia Commonwealth University as associate dean, associate professor of urban studies and planning, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, and vice provost for Undergraduate Studies. He had also served UNC-Greensboro as assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and as a professor of Political Science. He has held faculty and administrative positions at Southern University in Baton Rouge and Syracuse University.
Schexnider is also co-author of the book Blacks in the Military and author of numerous articles in the areas of military history, higher education, public policy, and political science. After leaving Winston-Salem State University in 2000, he served as director of the Office of Health Policy Development at Wake Forest University's School of Medicine and then as executive vice president and acting president of Norfolk State University.