Kern Alexander’s current research interests include education finance and law. He has worked extensively as an expert in state school finance litigation. His work has been cited in law reviews, law journals, and appellate court decisions, including recently:

Borman, 2014 WL 4785758, 2014, Bauries, 48 Ga. L. Rev. 949, 2014; Geier, 3fp3 Miss. C.L. Rev. 65 (2014); Little Rock School Dist. v. North Little Rock School Dist., 2013 WL 209241 (ED. Ark., 2013).

He is the Editor of the Journal of Education Finance.

Alexander has an ongoing research interest in elementary, secondary, and in higher education administration, finance, and law.

Key Professional Appointments

Excellence ProfessorDepartment of Educational and Organizational Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - present

Interim PresidentMurray State University, Murray, KY, 2006 - 2006

PresidentMurray State University, Murray, Kentucky, 1994 - 2001

University Distinguished ProfessorVirginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1988 - 1994

PresidentWestern Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1985 - 1988

Education Policy and Budget CoordinatorState of Florida, Office of the Governor, Governor D. Robert Graham, 1982 - 1985

ProfessorDepartment of Educational Administration, College of Education, University of Florida, 1968 - 1985

DirectorInstitute for Educational Finance, University of Florida, 1972 - 1982

Associate Director, then DirectorNational Educational Finance Project, 1968 - 1974

ChiefFinancial Practices Section, Washington D.C., Office of Construction, US Office of Education, 1966 - 1968


Diploma, Educational Studies (with distinction) Two dissertations, Oxford University, Pembroke College, 1977

EDD., Educational Administration, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1965

B.A., English and History, Centre College of Kentucky, 1961

Awards, Honors, Associations

Dr. Samuel Robinson Award for Leadership and Service to EducationState Board of Education of Kentucky, 2012 - 2012

Lifetime Achievement AwardNational Education Finance Conference, 2011 - 2011

Samuel I. Hicks Executive-in-ResidenceOhio University, 2008 - 2008

Distinguished Service AwardKentucky School Superintendents' Association, 2006 - 2006


Alexander, S., Salmon, R., & Alexander, F. (2014) Financing Public Schools: Theory, Policy and Practice Routledge/Taylor & Francis: New York and London, USA

Alexander, S.. Research for Book on Equity Litigation in Public School Finance: Rose v Council for Better Education

Alexander, S.. Research in Kentucky State Archive, Frankfort, KY, a technical analysis of the liability and remedy of the landmark litigation, Rose v Council for Better Education, Inc...

Alexander, K. (2011) Higher Education Law: Policy and Perspectives Routledge/Taylor & Francis: New York, NY link >

Alexander, K., & Alexander, M. (2011) American Public School Law Wadsworth Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA link >

Alexander, K., Alexander, w., & David, M. (2009) The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell West Publishing Company: St. Paul, MN link >

Alexander, K. (2008) Education and Econonic Growth: Investment and Distribution of Financial Resources Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd: Yarnton, Oxon. United Kingdom link >

Alexander, K. (1995) Public School Finance Allyn and Bacon: Boston, MA link >


Chair, Board of Editors and EditorJournal of Education Finance, 

ConsultantCouncil for Better Education, Inc., Kentucky, 2004 - 2006

Co-Coordinator by contractThe Edwin J. O’Leary Endowment in Financial Management, O'Leary Endowment, 2002 - present


Public School Finance Study of financing public education systems in the United States; focuses on the social, economic, political, legal, and technical dimensions of developing school finance policy for federal, state, and local governments; relates theory and research in public school finance to administrative practice in budgeting and financial administration. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor.

Education Law Examines the range of federal and state constitutional and statutory sources that apply to the constituents (pupils, parents, teachers, administrators, and board members) engaged in public schools. Emphasizes development of legal analytical skills. Course Information: Prerequisite: Graduate standing in the College of Education or consent of instructor. Class Schedule Information: Priority will be given to department majors.

School District Management Course will introduce students to the literature on school district management from the perspectives of theory, research, and practice. Effective strategies for managing school districts will be presented, including in-depth study of educational facilities management, planning, and decision making. Course Information: Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to the EOL Superintendent Endorsement program or consent of instructor.

Kern Alexander

Excellence Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



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