Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Arch Alexander

Dr. Arch B. Alexander - 1992

Dr. Arch B. Alexander is a long-time Oklahoma educator who has already been inducted into the Oklahoma Educators’ Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Vocational-Technical Education Hall of Fame.  Alexander earned his Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern in 1946 after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1942-45. 

He is a 1940 Arapaho High School graduate and is the brother of long-time SWOSU employee Millie Thomas.  He earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma.  Alexander started his career in education as a teacher at Hobart High School in 1946-47.  He was named Dean of Sayre Junior College in 1947 and served in that position until 1954.  His educational career had a brief stop in 1950 when he served with the U.S. Army National Guard in Korea until 1952. 

In 1954, Alexander was named superintendent of schools and president of Sayre Junior College.  He held the positions until 1965 when he moved to Stillwater to become assistant state coordinator for area vocational-technical education.  He has served in several capacities with the state vo-tech system including assistant state director and deputy state director.  He retired in 1985.  His tenure with the vo-tech system since 1965 was interrupted for one year when he served as dean of academic affairs at Cameron State College in Lawton in 1966-67. 

Alexander, who was instrumental in the establishment and development of Oklahoma’s Quick Start Industry Training Program, is still active with vo-tech and coordinates international visitor study tours of vocational and technical education programs and facilities. 

The retired U.S. Army colonel and his wife Bonnie live in Stillwater.  Their daughter, Sheila Cates, lives in Helena Mont., and their son, Joe Alexander, is stationed with the U.S. Army at Mac Dill Air Force Base in Florida.