Antioch University PhD Student, Kenneth Alexander, Elected First African-American Mayor in Norfolk, VA

NORFOLK, VA and Dayton, OH – Kenneth “Kenny” Alexander, made history on May 3 when he claimed victory in the Norfolk mayoral race to become the first African-American to do so in the city’s history.

Alexander, a student in Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, will take office on July 1. He has spent the past 20 years in public service, most recently as a state senator in VA. Previously he served as a Virginia state delegate for 10 years. In addition to his public service, he serves as president of Metropolitan Funeral Service in Norfolk.

“We are tremendously proud of what our students, past and present, are accomplishing to improve the world around them,” said Dr. Laurien Alexandre, provost of the Graduate School of Leadership and Change at Antioch University. “Mr. Alexander’s long time commitment to serving his community underscores the principles of our program – that engaging in change can better our workplaces, schools and communities across the country and globe. He’s a groundbreaker and we’re all very proud of him.”

Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University, and his masters from Norwich University. He enrolled in Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program in 2015.

Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program is an innovative and flexible program that incorporates a challenging interdisciplinary core-curriculum that focuses on leading change coupled with faculty-mentored, self-paced individualized learning. It is designed for experienced professionals who are committed to studying and leading change that improves the well-being of those they serve, and allows students to work full-time and live anywhere.

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