In April, 2015, Dr. Alden was appointed to the position of Provost of Touro University Nevada. In this role, he oversees the academic, research, clinical and service programs of the Touro University Nevada, which is located in Henderson, Nevada.
Previously, Dr. Alden served in a number of administrative leadership positions at three rapidly developing, doctoral/research universities: Northern Illinois University (NIU); University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and Old Dominion University (ODU). At NIU, Dr. Alden was the Vice President for International Affairs and the Executive Vice President and Provost (EVP/P). Dr. Alden served as both the EVP/P and Dean of Sciences at UNLV. He was the director of a multidisciplinary environmental program and a full Professor of Biological Sciences at ODU.
Dr. Alden has managed the creation of dozens of new degree programs from the baccalaureate to the doctoral levels; established eight new professional schools; hired hundreds of new faculty and staff members; developed more than a dozen new multidisciplinary research and service centers; overseen the design and programming of 26 new/renovated academic buildings; and been instrumental in the acquisition of land and master planning of two biomedical campuses, a research park, a multi-institutional campus and two international campuses.
Dr. Alden has a B.S. in Biology from Stetson University, a Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Florida, and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has been inducted into four national and international academic honor societies and received a number of commendations for excellence in professional service. Dr. Alden has served in leadership roles in a number of national higher education organizations. He has been an editor for three professional publications, and has served as scientific advisor to numerous state and federal agencies, including serving as an expert witness for a U.S. Congressional subcommittee. He has served as principal investigator on more than $30 million of grants/contracts, authored over 250 scientific publications and reports, and made more than 100 invited presentations at professional meetings.