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Mark C. Alexander, a longtime legal professor and scholar, was named the dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law last Friday. The position makes Alexander the first African-American to hold a post at the prestigious law school.

Alexander, 51, is known in the law community as an expert of the First Amendment, penning several books on the subject. He is also well-respected as a scholar for his various writings and research that have been published in several law journals.

After joining Seton Hall University School of Law in 1996, Alexander remained with the school and taught there. In addition to his work as a law professor, Alexander was also the associate dean of academics.

The newly minted dean has a close connection with President Barack Obama, who he advised during the 2008 presidential campaign. And like the president, Alexander is an avid basketball fan, so Villanova, the current NCAA men’s basketball champion is a perfect stop for him.

Alexander begins his job at Villanova on July 1.

(Photo: Villanova University)

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Little Known Black History Fact: Mark C. Alexander  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com