The Doctorate in Educational Leadership program welcomes to its faculty Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, who retired from the presidency of Sacramento State in 2015. Beginning in the spring semester, Dr. Gonzalez will teach EDD 607, Community and Communication in Educational Leadership.
“I hope to convey the fundamentals of good theory and good communication, and an applied, hands-on approach based on experience,” Dr. Gonzalez says. “Hopefully, the experiences that I’ve had over a 24-year administrative career – 18 as a president – will be useful and applicable to what our doctoral students are doing and hope to do in the future.”
It was during Gonzalez’ tenure as president that the Ed.D. program was first established at Sacramento State. Dr. Gonzalez served nearly four decades as a professor and education leader, including 12 years as president of California State University, Sacramento, six years as president of CSU, San Marcos, and 18 years at Fresno State as a faculty member and administrator. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz.
As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Dr. Gonzalez has devoted his career to ensuring greater opportunities for all students. He has been recognized for his contributions by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Hispanic Colleges and Universities, and even the Mexican government for his work with students and families of Mexican descent.
After decades as an administrator, Gonzalez says returning to the classroom to teach the communication class in the doctorate program is a natural fit for him.
“It feels good. That’s where I began,” he says. “It will be interesting to get back into it after all these years.”