Livingston Alexander is President Emeritus and Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pitt-Bradford). He was named the third president of Pitt-Bradford in 2003. During the last five years of his fifteen-year tenure as Pitt-Bradford’s president, he served concurrently as president of the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. Prior to his appointment at Pitt-Bradford, he was Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kean University (NJ). He also held leadership and professorial posts at Troy State University-Montgomery, Georgia Southern University, and Western Kentucky University. Alexander has written numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of cognition, mathematics anxiety, and leadership. His Abbreviated Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale has been used and cited in dozens of research studies in the USA and throughout the world.
Alexander was born and raised in Breaux Bridge (LA). He earned Master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Houston (TX).
From a bayou town in Southwest Louisiana, a 13-year-old boy embarks on a lifelong journey, empowered along the way by life-changing revelations on race, morality and social justice, perseverance, and leadership in colleges and universities.
In choosing to write this book in creative non-fiction style, I’m acknowledging the work is rooted in my real world experience as a boy growing up black and poverty-stricken on the fringes of the Atchafalaya River Basin in Southwestern Louisiana; as a boy victimized by a Catholic priest; as an adolescent inspired by a different, more principled Catholic priest during a nine-year Catholic seminary experience; as a young man finally coming to grips with race as an artificial construct, even as he mourns the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King; and as an adult professional driven to advance Dr. King’s dream of a universal coalition of conscience-driven people of all races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs, working together to advance social justice.