Alejandro “Alex” Hernandez

Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies

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 deploy 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.

“I am excited to join the University of Virginia and help bring its world-class education to adult learners across the commonwealth and beyond,” Hernandez said. “The School of Continuing and Professional Studies creates opportunities for students throughout their lives, and I am honored to advance this important work.”

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.

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.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies serves adult learners by providing access to educational experiences that blend academic scholarship with workplace relevance. The school offers two part-time bachelor’s degree programs, 18 certificate programs, one post-baccalaureate/pre-med program and a variety of professional development courses and programs.

Hernandez succeeds Steve Laymon, who has served as interim dean of the school for the last three years. Laymon will return to his previous role in the school as associate dean. Hernandez’s appointment is effective Sept. 10.