David Alexander, a professor in the School of Education at Virginia Tech, has received the 2014 Living Legend Award from the national organization for educational administrators.

Presented by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, the award recognizes recipients for significant contributions to the field, including exemplary ethics, professionalism in service, and dedication to research and teaching. Alexander has been involved with NCPEA since 1977 as a presenter and session leader at conferences and a member of numerous committees.

Alexander teaches courses on school law in the master’s and doctoral programs. In collaboration with former students, he is currently writing book chapters on the legal aspects of social media and other topics. He is also working on the ninth edition of “American Public School Law” and the fifth edition of “The Law of Schools, Students and Teachers in a Nutshell,” two of eight books he has co-authored.

Since joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1972, Alexander has held several leadership positions on campus, including chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, in which he is currently teaching. He has been an expert witness in a number of court cases; has chaired fact-finding panels for public school systems across Virginia; and has worked extensively in China and South Africa.

Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Kentucky University and a doctorate in educational administration from Indiana University.