BS, The Ohio State University
OD, The Ohio State University College of Optometry
MS, The Ohio State University
PhD, The Ohio State University
Fellowship in Vitreo-Retinal Disease, OSU College of Optometry/Retina Vitreous Associates, Toledo, Ohio
Dr. Alexander attended The Ohio State University where he completed both his OD and PhD degrees. Following graduation, he taught ocular disease and pharmacology at OSU for several years while he also began a practice in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1987, Dr. Alexander became the Center Director of The Eye Center of Toledo, where he helped pioneer optometric co-management of cataract patients and established a residency in ocular disease. In 1994, he joined Retina Vitreous Associates, where he created a retina referral network and established the first fellowship in vitreo-retinal disease for optometrists.
In 2000, Dr. Alexander left clinical practice to become the Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. Under his leadership, MCO updated the curriculum, was awarded re- accreditation of the Doctor of Optometry program, increased the number of residency programs and began a capital campaign to construct a new optometry building.
Dr. Alexander was named the seventh President of the Southern California College of Optometry in 2008 where he established a graduate degree program leading to a master’s in vision science. In 2009, Dr. Alexander led the institution in expanding its’ mission to include interdisciplinary health care education by creating Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU). Named after the founder of the 111 year-old optometry program, MBKU added the first School of Physician Assistant Studies in Southern California in 2013 and expects to accept the first class of the newly established College of Pharmacy in the fall of 2016.
Throughout his career, Dr. Alexander has shared his knowledge by presenting more than 275 lectures in 15 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and five foreign countries. He has authored numerous articles and was the editor of Lippincott’s Manual of Primary Eye Care.
Dr. Alexander has served as President of volunteer optometric organizations including the Ohio Optometric Association, the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and the American Optometric Association, where his leadership led to the creation of the National Commission on Vision and Health and the American Board of Optometry.
Dr. Alexander has been honored by his colleagues, receiving the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Ohio Optometrist of the Year Award, and the H. Ward Ewalt Award for Distinguished Professional Service. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice. In 2012, Dr. Alexander was named to the National Optometry Hall of Fame.
Dr. Alexander and his wife, Dr. Carol Alexander, also an optometrist, live in Fullerton, California.