David Alexander is a big picture person. He has spent his professional life bringing people together to accomplish things that could not be achieved separately. He served 30 years in higher education: university president, vice president for development, administrator and professor. These positions of service equipped David to serve well causes that matter. He established Alexander Resource Strategies to provide counsel in strategic planning, fundraising and executive coaching to not-for-profits and select businesses.
He initiated, managed and participated in capital campaigns raising over $100 million. Those successful initiatives emerged from his broader work in vision casting, strategic planning and operational execution. Along the way he worked with numerous boards, foundations, teams, and colleagues to establish new initiatives, revision existing programs and monitor and manage institutional change. Together they enjoyed great success and learned from their mistakes. He brings all this experience, his commitment to excellence, his passion for compelling vision and a git-r-done spirit to his consulting work.
When David isn’t serving clients he can be found playing “dog-pile papa” with his five grandchildren. He and his wife, Sandy, enjoy their Idaho life, snow skiing and learning the art of fly fishing. Prior to his work in strategic planning, fundraising and administration, David was a conductor. He holds three degrees in music, a doctorate from the University of Illinois, a masters from California State University, Fullerton and a bachelors from Point Loma Nazarene University.
I have known David Alexander for two decades; across that span of time I have watched him succeed again and again. His passion for mission is balanced with a keen intellect and an engaging spirit. He has consistently expanded the reach, the resources, the level of excellence and the effectiveness of the worthy causes he has served. Whether he’s focused on nurturing the success of a team, listening to key supporters, helping orchestrate institution-wide plans, or implementing a new strategy within an organization, he has consistently exceeded my expectations.
James W. Carr, PhD, Senior Vice President, Harding University