Marianne E. Alexander

Marianne E. Alexander

President Emerita, Public Leadership Education Network


Marianne E. Alexander is President Emerita of the Public Leadership Education Network, a national organization she led as Executive Director and President for more than 15 years.

A resident of Ellicott City, Maryland, Dr. Alexander earned her B.A. in History from Penn State in 1962, and went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Throughout her career, Dr. Alexander has held various positions throughout the community. She served as President of the Penn State Alumni Association and completed her two-year term in June 2005. She was elected twice by fellow alumni to Alumni Council, served on the Association's Parents Advisory Board, 1993-1995, and was the founding president of the Penn State Professional Women's Network in Washington, DC, 1997-2000.

Dr. Alexander served for 9 years on the National Board of Girl Scouts USA, 1992-2001 and on the World Foundation Board for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides, 1998-2003. She also chaired the Historic St. Mary's City Commission, 1987-1989 and continues serving on the Foundation Board of Historic St. Mary's City, a state-sponsored historic site at Maryland's 17th Century colonial capital.

Dr. Alexander received the Liberal Arts Alumni Society's Service to Penn State Award in March 2005.

Dr. Alexander was elected to the Board of Trustees by the alumni for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2005 and was reelected for a succeeding term.

July 2009