Elmore Alexander is Dean Emeritus in the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University. From 2013 to 2018, he was dean and professor of management in the Ricciardi College.  Previously, he held deanships at Marist College and Philadelphia University. He served as Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Business Programs at both Johns Hopkins University and American University. He began his academic career at the University of Memphis where he rose from assistant professor to professor of management, served as director of the Fogelman Executive Center, and taught in the Mid-South School of Banking. He received a B.A. in economics and communication from Wake Forest University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in management from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.   Elmore’s research interests are in the areas of organizational communication, sexual harassment in the workplace, and international management. He has authored over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. His research has been published in such outlets as the Journal of Management, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Personnel Psychology, the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and Management Communication Quarterly. He has made presentations to such organizations as the Academy of Management, AACSB International, the American Accounting Association, the Society for General Systems Research, and the International Communication Association.  


Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration (organizational communication), Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
  • M.A. in Business Administration (organizational behavior), Terry College of Business, University of Georgia
  • B.A. in economics and communication, Wake Forest University
  • MBTI Certified, The Myers & Briggs Foundation
  • ATD Coaching Certificate, Association for Talent Development


Executive Positions

  • Dean, Ricciardi College of Business, Bridgewater State University
  • Dean, School of Management, Marist College
  • Dean, College of Business Administration, Philadelphia University
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Business Programs, Johns Hopkins University
  • Associate Dean and Management Department Chair, Kogod School of Business, American University
  • Director, Fogelman Executive Center, University of Memphis

Selected Publications

Managing Change:

  • Purintan-Johnson, E.F. and Alexander ER (2013). Obtaining Faculty Motivation and” Buy In” to a Major Program Change: A Case Study in Assessment. Business Education Innovation Journal, 5 (1)
  • Huseman, R.C., Alexander, E.R., Henry, C.L., and Denson, F.A. (1978). “Managing Change Through Communication,” Personnel Journal, 57, 20‑25.
  • Huseman, R.C., Alexander, E.R., and Driver, R.W. (May/June, 1980). “Planning for Organizational Change: The Role of Communication,” Managerial Planning, 32‑36.

  Leadership Development:

  • Rigsby, J.T., Lambert, K.R., and Alexander, E.R. (1989). “Experience and the Quality of Managerial Decision Making: The Case of Auditors’ Materiality Judgments,” Journal of Managerial Issues, 1, 44-65.
  • Taylor, R., Alexander, E.R., and Lyons, S. (1987). “Clarifying Leadership Potential: Defining Capabilities Necessary for Successful Upper Level Management Development,” Business Education, 8, 46‑54.
  • Alexander, E.R. and Wilkins, R.D. (1982). “Performance Rating Validity: The Relationship of Subjective and Objective Measures of Performance,” Group and Organizational Studies, 7, 485‑496.
  • Oliphant, V.N. and Alexander, E.R. (1982). “Reactions to Resumes as a Function of Resume Determinateness, Applicant Characteristics, and Sex of Raters,” Personnel Psychology, 35, 829‑842.

  Organizational Communication:

  • Alexander, E.R., Penley, L.E. and Jernigan, I.E. (1992). “The Relationship of Basic Decoding Skills to Managerial Effectiveness”, Management Communication Quarterly, 6, 58-73.
  • Alexander, E.R., Penley, L.E. and Jernigan, I.E. (1991). “The Effect of Individual Differences on Managerial Media Choice,” Management Communication Quarterly, 5, 155-173.
  • Penley, L.E., Alexander, E.R. and Jernigan, I.E., and Henwood, C.I. (1991). “Managerial Communication Ability: Its Relationship to Performance,” Journal of Management, 17, 57-76.
  • Alexander, E.R., Helms, M.M. and Wilkins, R.D. (1989). “The Relationship Between Supervisory Communication and Subordinate Performance and Satisfaction Among Professionals,” Public Personnel Management, 18, 415-429.
  • Alexander, E.R., Helms, M.M., and Curran, K.E. (1987). “An Information Processing Analysis of Organization Information Adequacy/Abundance,” Management Communication Quarterly, 1, 150‑172.
  • Alexander, E.R. (1979). “The Reduction of Cognitive Conflict: Effects of Various Types of Communication,” The Journal of Conflict Resolution, 23, 120‑138.

  Sexual Harassment:

  • Alexander, P.C., Alexander, E.R. and Warner, S. (February 2005). “Best Practices in Sexual Harassment Policy and Assessment.”, ARI Contractor Report 2005-01, US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.