Bryant Keith Alexander, professor of communication studies and longtime administrator at California State University-Los Angeles, has been named dean of Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts.

Alexander is an active scholar and lecturer with several published articles and book chapters dealing with how culture, race, gender and other interpersonal variables shape communication and performance.

“I am extremely excited about joining the College of Communication and Fine Arts as the new dean,” said Alexander. “I look forward to working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff towards our joint academic, professional and personal goals as these align with the larger university mission and vision.”

Alexander has held key administrative jobs at Cal State Los Angeles, including associate dean, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, as well as acting chair of the Liberal Studies Department.

“I am delighted that Bryant Alexander is the new dean of LMU’s College of Communication and Fine Arts,” said Joseph B. Hellige, executive vice president and provost. “He brings scholarly work that encompasses both communication studies and the performance aspects of art, a vision of interdisciplinary collaboration, and the administrative experience to move the college in exciting directions by working with faculty and staff to craft the next college strategic plan.”

Alexander was chosen to head the fine arts college after a nationwide search to fill the position, which was vacated by Barbara Busse at the end of June. She had served as dean since 2002.

He earned his Ph.D. in speech communication with emphases in performance and pedagogical studies from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in interpersonal and public communication from what is now the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The new dean joined the university Sunday, July 1. ¤