Man picked to lead LSU grew up in Gainesville


Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 11:02 p.m.

One of Gainesville's sons soon might be tapped to lead Louisiana State University.

F. King Alexander, president of California State University, Long Beach, and son of University of Florida women's athletics legend Ruth Alexander, has been chosen as the sole finalist for the joint president-chancellor position at LSU. The university's Board of Supervisors is expected to consider F. King Alexander, the search committee's only nomination, for the job next week.

On Tuesday, Ruth Alexander said she was elated to hear her son was in position to accept such a job.

“When I found out it was official, I stayed up half the night just thinking about his accomplishments,” she said.

Well respected for being a pioneer in women's sports through the establishment of the “Lady Gator” athletic program at UF, Ruth Alexander said she now would have to be a bit more reserved during certain sports events.

“I'm going to have to be neutral when we play LSU,” she said.

F. King Alexander was raised in Gainesville, playing basketball at Buchholz High School, before leaving to attend St. Lawrence University in New York. Several degrees and subsequent posts at different institutions later, he is in consideration for a job that would bring him back into SEC country.

“I'm very excited and very proud,” Ruth Alexander said. “You know, how a mother would be.”

According to the LSU website, members of the Board of Supervisors consider Alexander a well-qualified candidate.

“King Alexander has the skills and experience to lead LSU at this time in our history,” Hank Danos, chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, said in a statement. “He is committed to upholding our great traditions and equally committed to continuing our transition to excellence for the present and the future.”

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