The Ascension Parish School Board approved a four-year contract for David Alexander to serve as Superintendent of Ascension Public Schools effective Aug. 19, 2016. Alexander served as director of secondary education for Ascension before retiring in January after 31 years in education.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this position, and it will be a privilege to serve alongside so many other outstanding individuals who invest in the lives of the children in this community," Alexander said.

Originally from Ruston, Alexander began his career as a mathematics teacher and football coach in 1984 in Texas and then at DeRidder High School in Louisiana. He spent nine years at Lee High School in Baton Rouge before moving to St. Amant High School in 1997. In 2003, he became an assistant principal at Dutchtown High School and then principal in 2005. From 2011 to 2016, Alexander served as the director of secondary schools before he retired in January. He holds the position of director of education for the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Louisiana Tech University and a master's degree in math education from Louisiana State University.

Although his official start date is Aug. 19, Alexander will attend official opening of school activities including professional preparation site visits at schools this Thursday and Friday.