Dr. Marnelle Alexis Stephens serves as President of 110-year old MacCormac College in Chicago where she is the first African-American and first female to hold this post, while standing as one of the youngest college presidents in America. Prior to her presidency, Dr. Alexis Stephens put into practice much of her 20 plus years of experience in higher education in faculty and leadership positions at Duke University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Old Westbury. Her for-profit experience working as an executive level business developer and profit and loss manager for Kaplan, Inc. and as a university relationship manager for Goldman Sachs & Co. on Wall Street makes Dr. Alexis Stephens particularly well suited to rapidly and profoundly influence change in organizations and in people.
A leader and innovator in her field of study at key levels of higher education – Dr. Alexis Stephens writes, speaks, and advises on policies and programs relating to institutional growth and advancement, business development, strategic planning, philanthropic initiatives and academic management. She is a practitioner, consultant, and author of the leading academic book “Consulting to Universities.” She has spoken on how to develop leadership skills, higher education opportunities, her own success story, as well as how to stand out in a competitive job market, among other topics.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Alexis Stephens received her B.A. in Comparative Humanities from the State University of New York at Old Westbury; a M.A. in Student Personnel Administration from New York University; an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University Teacher’s College; an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D., summa cum laude, in Theology at Northwestern Theological Seminary; and studied at the Institute for Higher Education at Harvard University.
Dr. Alexis attributes all of her successes to the hand of God and is committed to a life of service. Her professional experiences highlight her gifts in the areas of administration, leadership, and teaching which are often mirrored in her work as a public servant, minister and preacher. Her life’s mission is to transform lives through the dissemination of educational tools and practical bible truths that function to educate and empower men, women and children who seek to open their minds, to lead, to serve, and to become outstanding citizens.