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John Alexander

John Alexander was a professor and chair in the UW-Madison Geography Department for many years, and played a key role in encouraging Christian faculty during his career. In 1964, John became President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), a post he held until 1981. John, who was known by many as “Dr. A”, continued his service to the campus through his pastoral influence until his death in 2002. Dr. A’s passion for meetings of small faculty, many of which occurred in the basement of University United Methodist Church (now the Crossings, on the corner of Charter St. and University Ave.) is legendary, and influenced a generation of faculty. Dr. A wrote many articles relating to campus ministry. Here is one that is publicly available:

Why Am I Here? In this article, John discusses the purposes of a college education from a Christian perspective. [Link]

John Alexander early in his career. Courtesy of the Geography Department, UW-Madison [link]

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