Bruce D. Alexander was appointed Yale’s inaugural Vice President and Director of New Haven and State Affairs in May 1998. He has led the University’s initiatives for the revitalization of New Haven, the strengthening of relations with the community, and the extensive redevelopment of commercial properties adjacent to the Yale campus. Mr. Alexander also negotiated the purchase for the University of the 136 acre Bayer Healthcare complex. In February 2006, when he assumed responsibility for the oversight and management of facilities planning, construction, renovation, and operations, his title was changed to Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development.
Mr. Alexander retired in 1996 from the Rouse Company to engage in civic activities after twenty-five years as a senior executive with the company. At Rouse, he was Senior Vice President and Director of the Commercial Development Division, responsible for the development of retail and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. Many major urban projects were executed under his direction, including Harborplace in Baltimore, Miami’s Bayside, and Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Mr. Alexander was a civic leader in Baltimore, where he served on numerous boards including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; the Columbia Foundation, of which he was president; and Goucher College, where he chaired the Board of Trustees and was a recipient of the John Franklin Goucher medal for service to the institution.
In New Haven, Mr. Alexander chairs the Board of Market New Haven and serves or has served on the boards of the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Science Park Development Corporation, Tweed Airport Authority, and Connecticut Public Broadcasting. In 2009, he received the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award, and in 2013 the George H. W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award for Yale University
Mr. Alexander’s late wife Christine was the volunteer Founder and Executive Director of New Haven Reads, and they jointly received the De Tocqueville Award in 2008 from the United Way for their philanthropic contributions to the community. Mr. Alexander, who has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Management, holds a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Duke University.