Dr. Laurien Alexandre is the Dean of Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change, a new university division dedicated to preparing scholar-practitioners to lead change that improves the lives of those being served in organizations, workplaces, and communities around the globe.
She first came to Antioch University in 1991 as the Dean of Academic Affairs for the institution’s two Southern California campuses. In 1999, Laurien took a re-assignment with the university to head the design and implementation of the PhD in Leadership and Change. She has proudly served as the founding program director. In 2006, Laurien accepted the promotion to Vice Chancellor of University Academic Affairs, while still retaining her role with the PhD program. In 2013, she chose to step down from the Vice Chancellor position in order to spend more time with the PhD in Leadership and Change Program and its growth in the University-wide Graduate School, with expanded degree and non degree programs.
During her over 30 years in higher education, she has served in leadership roles at Antioch University as well as the Immaculate Heart College Center, an ecumenical institute devoted to research and training on peace, justice and global concerns, where she directed a teaching training (K-16) program on international and multicultural classrooms. She also taught for over 10 years at California State University, Northridge, in the Department of Mass Communications/Journalism where her focus was on graduate courses in media analysis.
She has traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean and is a professional translator. She lives in Los Angeles.