Corps Grad ’82
Bruce Alexander is the director of communications, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is responsible for the oversight, planning, direction and evaluation of all FNS agency’s initiatives to promote, inform and educate the internal and external audiences, media, stakeholders and the general public.
Alexander was previously responsible for directing the communications program for Andrews Air Force Base, the highest-profile U.S. Military installation in the national capital region, providing direct support to the President and Vice President, Cabinet, Congress, Department of Defense, and U.S. Air Force leaders. He has held prestigious command positions at the flight, squadron and group level throughout his military career.
He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in food service, public affairs, community outreach, media relations, event planning and strategic communications. Among his many accomplishments, he served as chief of the external media division, Armed Forces inaugural committee where he planned and directed all media coverage for each White House sanctioned event during the 2005 Presidential Inauguration.
Alexander is a retired Air Force Lt. Col. who has served the United States with honor for 25 years. He graduated from The Citadel in 1982 with a B.S. in physical health.
What are your top three career achievements to date?
First, I was selected for, and completed, the Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership for Executives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Second, I was selected as part of the America’s Who’s Who in the communications profession. Lastly, I am a retired Lt. Col. (U.S. Air Force, 2007) and I am currently serving as a GS-15 in the federal government with the Department of Agriculture.
How did attending The Citadel help position you for success?
Attending The Citadel was the hardest thing I did in my life, up to that point. Those challenges taught me perseverance during insurmountable odds, and this perseverance has helped shape my professional work ethic. The Citadel also instilled a greater sense of pride in what it means to be black in America. When you can overcome the challenges to succeed in an environment such as what The Citadel creates, you can succeed anywhere in the professional world. I took those lemons we were fed on a daily basis and made lemonade in the real world upon graduation.