Alexander Hines is currently the Director of Inclusion and Diversity at Winona State University. He served in the United State Air Force as a non-commissioned officer for 12 years. He earned a B.S. in Management Studies, with a minor in History and Psychology from the University of Maryland, University College, European Division, Heidelberg, Germany and a Masters of Education Degree in Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson University with an emphasis in Student Affairs.
Alexander has 21 years of experience in higher education in student and academic affairs working with traditional, non-traditional, first-generation, underserved and underrepresented high school and college students and their parents. Being a first generation college student and a male of color, his commitment and dedication is assisting high school students to gain access to higher education and helping them to become successful in pursuing their dreams of obtaining a postsecondary degree. Alexander’s passion is African/Black identity and conscious and specifically working with Black males and males of color. He is very active in communities where he has worked and considers himself to be a change agent.
Alexander currently serves as a Commissioner on the Winona Human Rights Commission, Commissioner for the Winona Housing & Redevelopment Authority, a board member with Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP), a board member with Home and Community Options of Winona and serves on the African American Leadership Forum committee, Headwaters Foundation.
Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards from colleges to include: 1991 Security Specialist and NCO of the Year, Keflavik Iceland; 1992 Tactical Air Command Outstanding Security Police NCO Security Specialty of the Year Award; 1999 & 2000 NAACP Student Chapter Essence Awards – Distinguished Service Faculty/Staff Award; 2000 Invaluable Service Award Pi Sigma Epsilon Georgia Southern University; 2002 The College of William and Mary Jefferson Cup Award; 2003 University of Tennessee NAACP College Chapter Image Award; 2004 Unsung Hero Award Alpha Phi Alpha Mu Iota Chapter University of Tennessee; 2004 Special Friend Award National Association of Black Social Workers University of Tennessee Student Chapter; 2004 Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service The State of Tennessee; 2005 Knoxville Tennessee Urban League Equal Opportunity Awards – Volunteer of the Year Award; 2007 Human Rights Award from the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions; 2009 Human Rights Organization Award from the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions; and the 2012 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award.
During his time at Winona State University, one of the 7 four-year institutions and 24 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University System, the Inclusion and Diversity Office for the past five years has been the recipient of nine awards to include: Best Practices in Diversity Award (2009, 2010 & 2011); Innovative Practices in Diversity Award Recognition (2012); Resources for Relationships Diversity Award (2012 & 2013); Outstanding Student Organization Award (2010 & 20111); and the Academic and Student Affairs Annual Award for Innovative Partnering and Collaboration (2013).
Alexander has conducted various diversity, cultural competence workshops, trainings and presentations at the state, regional and national level to include two-year and four-year institutions, non-profit and for profit organizations. On the national level he has presented at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity, Overcoming Racism Conference, White Privilege Conference, Black and Brown College Bound Summit, American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention, the American Association of Community Colleges, Courageous Conversations Summit and the American Education Research Association Conference.