Alexander (Alex) Morris-Wood is the Associate Vice President of Transitions & The Student Experience at Beacon College (Leesburg, FL). There, he designed Navigator PREP, the country’s first virtual transition-to-college program for students with learning and attention issues, and their families, to proactively address student self-awareness, emotional regulation, self-advocacy and executive functioning skills. Since 2018, Navigator PREP has expanded, working with high school juniors and college students. Additionally, Alex created Beacon Foundations, a live, virtual online semester program for students who learn differently and oversees summer high school programs that provide students with an immersive college experience. Within the past four years, Beacon’s college readiness programs have worked with nearly 1,500 students from 39 states and 9 foreign countries, and attending 100 colleges or post-secondary programs. In 2022, Alex led an organizational change at the College to modify the support structure in a response to actively enhance student academic, social, and campus engagement.
Alex has designed training programs for state and private colleges. He consults with high schools to evaluate their transition model and curriculum. Finally, Alex is designing curricula for school districts to support dual enrollment for students with learning differences. Prior to Beacon College, Alex worked at a college preparatory school for students with autism spectrum disorders.
Alex has presented nationally and internationally on topics including systemic barriers in higher education for students with learning disabilities, family systems theory, and retention management for at-risk students. Recently, Alex was identified as one of the Top 100 Educational Leaders in America by the Global Forum for Education and Learning. Alex has a BA from Connecticut College (New London, CT) in History & American Studies, an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Post University (Waterbury, CT), and is pursuing his doctorate in educational policy from University of Missouri.