Kentucky Governors Awards in the Arts
Media Award 2015
WITH AN OUTSTANDING PUBLICATION RECORD OF CREATIVE WRITING, CIVIC JOURNALISM, AND BOARDROOM-LEVEL COMMUNICATION SKILLS, CONSTANCE ALEXANDER POSSESSES A UNIQUE ABILITY TO INSPIRE INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO VIEW THE ARTS AS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT IN COMMUNITY PROBLEM-SOLVING AND ACTION PLANNING.
in New Jersey
Constance Alexander’s interests in business and the arts may have been dictated by destiny, as her mother was a voracious reader, and her father was a newspaper advertising executive. Her piano teacher lived across the street from the house she grew up in, in Metuchen, NJ, and her childhood was enriched by a love of classical music and poetry.
When she graduated from St. Francis School, Constance won the English award. At Metuchen High School, she was actively involved in the Student Council all four years, and at graduation her classmates voted her “Did Most for MHS” because of her leadership and participation in an array of activities, a pattern of leadership and involvement she has repeated throughout her life.
She majored in music at The College of New Jersey, but switched to English in her sophomore year. Active as a class officer and sorority officer, she spent a semester at University of Copenhagen, and broadened her worldview through that experience. Her first career was in public education, as a teacher and administrator, but when she was recruited for a job as a writer by AT&T, she made the transition with enthusiasm.
Working for AT&T during a major period of transition, she worked her way up through various jobs in business marketing, and developed substantial skill and expertise in helping organizations plan and successfully implement major change. During this time, she continued to write and publish, and finally established a sole proprietorship, INTEXCommunications, so she would have more time to devote to projects that suited her personal and professional priorities.
When she moved to Kentucky in 1988, it didn’t take her long to get involved. A graduate of Leadership Kentucky in 1991, and recipient of grants from the Kentucky Arts Council and Kentucky Foundation for Women reflected her enduring interests in writing and business. Her work with WKMS-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate, led to opportunities to become independent producer of documentary projects, and additional grants and awards came her way.
With an M.A. in Humanities, an MBA in Management, and an MFA in Fiction, her academic background is reflected in the mix of creative and professional endeavors on her resume. In 2014, she received a Governor’s Award in the Arts for her work in the media, the same year she celebrated twenty-five years of writing an award-winning column in the local newspaper.