The Alexander family is generously offering a one-to-one matching gift opportunity in support of the Alexander Scholars Program. The goal is to raise $1.5 million of matching funds to create an additional $3 million for the Scholars Program.
Your consideration of a gift, matched by the Alexander family, is appreciated. There is no better tribute to John R. than to support the education of our country’s future leaders and innovators at Florida Poly.
John Robert Alexander, of Frostproof, Florida, attended Purdue University on a Naval ROTC Scholarship before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance.
Alexander married Sarah Jane Griffin, and began his professional career as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, before rising to the rank of captain. After serving three years as an active duty Marine and five years in the Marine Corps Reserves, Mr. Alexander launched a highly successful 40-year career working at Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., serving as its CFO before going on to serve as CEO and President of Atlantic Blue, Inc., and ultimately retiring as CEO and chairman of the board of Alico, Inc.
John’s unwavering care for his family, community, and state was an extension of his strong Christian commitment, and this found expression in a host of worthy causes, including his involvement in Florida TaxWatch, Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, Florida Citrus Commission, Rotary International, Farm Credit of Southwest Florida, Floridians for Better Government, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Frostproof Police Retirement Pension, Florida Polytechnic University, and his church of 50 years, First Presbyterian of Frostproof.