Michael B. Alexander Biography
Michael Alexander became the ninth president of Lasell College on July 1, 2007, after successful corporate careers, first in media and entertainment and then in technology, deferring an early desire to enter higher education leadership.
At Lasell he is the leader of the College as well as the head of Lasell Village, the unique continuing care retirement community whose residents are integrated into the educational life of the campus. Since arriving at Lasell, he has led the community through a strategic planning process that established a new mission statement, a set of long and short term goals and a positioning statement. The College has also completed a Campus Master Plan that imagines how the physical campus may change over 15–20 years. Enrollment and the size of the full-time faculty both nearly doubled in Michael’s first eight years as President.
After serving as Executive Assistant to the President of Barnard College from 1979-1981, he decided to defer his initial career interests in the higher education field and follow his actress wife, Mary Barbara Alexander, to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles he began a substantial career with MCA, Inc., the entertainment conglomerate that included Universal Pictures, Universal Television, and MCA Records.
From 1988-1993 he served as President and General Manager of WWOR-TV (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), where he and his management team started the A+ For Kids public service campaign, which received an Emmy award and recognition as the 12th Point of Light from the first Bush administration.
In 1993 Michael formed a limited partnership to invest in computer software companies, which led, in 1995, to the acquisition of Intermetrics. Michael served as Chairman and CEO of Intermetrics and its acquisitions, merging with the Titan Corporation, a publicly traded NYSE company, in 2000. Prior to his acceptance of the Lasell College presidency, Michael was Managing Partner and Founder of Echo Bridge Entertainment, LLC.
From 1992-2004 Michael served on the Board of Bloomfield College, where he chaired the Academic Affairs Committee and also served on the Executive Committee. In 2005 he was appointed to the Board of Antioch University. He served on the Boards of Trustees of The Foundation for Minority Interests in Media and the National Urban League and as a member of the Leadership Council of the Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Michael also served on the Board of Directors of several public and private corporations.
Michael earned his A.B. degree in History and Literature from Harvard University, his M.A. degree in Education from Ohio State University, and completed the coursework toward his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His interests include creative writing, golf, world and American literature, and animals. Michael and Mary Barbara reside in Sherborn, Massachusetts. They have one daughter, Maggie, who lives and works in Florida.