Alex Hernandez is joining the University as the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) effective September 10, 2018.
Since 2010, Hernandez has been a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund, leading the nonprofit’s Innovative Schools practice. In this role, he helped develop and launch new K-12 learning models in public schools across the country. Hernandez brings to UVA his expertise in linking great instruction with educational technology, as well as years of experience expanding high-quality education programs.
A recognized advocate for public education, Hernandez writes frequently about the future of learning. His latest work focuses on promoting career readiness and increasing college access and success.
“Alex brings tremendous talent to the University. He’s one of the foremost innovators and strategists in the education sector,” said Andrew J. Rotherham, co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education Partners and a member of the board of directors for the Curry School of Education Foundation. “His knowledge of and commitment to public education at all levels make him a genuinely inspired choice for this role.”
He is a former area superintendent at Aspire Public Schools, a leading K-12 public school system, where he managed schools in California’s Central Valley. He also taught high school mathematics in South Los Angeles. Prior to his work in education, Hernandez worked in technology finance with Disney’s venture capital arm, Steamboat Ventures, and J.P. Morgan.
Hernandez earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in politics, philosophy and economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA and master’s degree in education from Stanford University.
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