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Eric Alexander ’78 Appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Emerson College Board of Trustees unanimously voted on August 3 to appoint Eric Alexander ’78, as Chair of the Board.

Alexander, who graduated from Emerson in 1978 with a degree in Speech, is a dedicated, long-standing member of the Board. During his tenure, he has served as chair of the Investment Committee and as a member of Academic Affairs, Finance, Audit, Trusteeship, and Institutional Advancement Committees. Prior to that, he served on the college’s Board of Advisors.

A first-generation American and the first of his family to attend college, Alexander credits Emerson with “changing his life,” and has dedicated his service on the Board to providing opportunities for talented students to study and thrive at Emerson, regardless of their backgrounds.  As chair, he is committed to assuring Emerson’s ongoing presence as the leading academic institution dedicated to preparing students for leadership roles in the fields of communications, media, entertainment, and the arts.

“I know first-hand the power of an Emerson education,” Alexander explained. “From the inspiration I received from teachers like Walt Littlefield, to my internship with the Boston Celtics and my time teaching public speaking and debate to inmates at Norfolk State Prison, Emerson provided me with the experiences, tools and orientation to succeed in business and in life.

Eric’s career included time at leading advertising and public relations agencies and two decades at the helm of a New York Stock Exchange member brokerage firm. He is now a consultant to financial services organizations.

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