HATTIESBURG -- Former Pearl River Community President Ted Alexander died Wednesday in Hattiesburg. He was 78.
Alexander led PRCC from 1986 to 2000, and he'll be remembered for his work in growing the college's enrollment, course offerings and facilities.
"He was a very focused individual that had specific goals that he worked very hard to attain," said Miller Hammill, who served as dean of student affairs under Alexander. "He brought a lot of positive things to Pearl River as far as improving the education programs and the facilities while he was president. He worked very hard to attain these goals that he set for the college and for himself."
Alexander spearheaded projects that included a $3.6 million nursing building and wellness center on the Poplarville campus.
"The numerous allied health programs that the college opened during Dr. Alexander's presidency serve as a tribute to his legacy. These programs have developed thousands of health care professionals who now provide a variety of health services for the citizens of South Mississippi. It goes without saying that Ted Alexander's vision and leadership have made a difference for our people."