Office of the President
“LaGrange College will be distinguished as a college that transforms the lives of its students and its communities.” This bold vision statement captures the essence of the LaGrange College experience.
Transformation is, after all, inevitable when faculty and staff devote their lives to challenging and inspiring students through rigorous academic study, an enriching campus life experience and active engagement with their community. Every day I am inspired by the stories of student transformation that I hear and see on our campus. You can see video profiles of some of those students here.
As we work to prepare men and women to become successful, responsible citizens in an increasingly interconnected world, we also are transforming this institution. Our new Study-Away Commitment assures all entering freshmen a broader experience of their world by guaranteeing them a study-away experience in their junior or senior years, regardless of their financial capacity.
Our new Servant Scholars program will encourage our most motivated students to study, and to serve, their community as part of a residential learning/living experience housed in a historic, beautifully restored apartment building midway between campus and downtown. We aim to transform both their lives and our community.
Transformation —challenging, inspiring, exciting. That is what you’ll find here at LaGrange College.
Dr. Dan McAlexander has served since July 2009 as the 25th president of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. For more than 30 years, he has served as a faculty member and administrator at denominationally affiliated higher education institutions.
Prior to assuming the presidency of LaGrange, Dr. McAlexander served for eight years as Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Previously, he held the positions of Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President for Planning at Hardin-Simmons University, in Abilene, Texas, where he began his academic career as a member of the music faculty. He earned degrees in piano performance from the University of Kansas, The Juilliard School and the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. McAlexander has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations in the communities where he has served, and he is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Nashville.
He has been married for more than 35 years to Celeste Myall, who is a violinist, conductor and former university faculty member. The couple have two children, Anne, an actress and choreographer who lives with her husband, Alex, in New York, and Alice, who lives and works in Washington, D.C.