Oxford Round Table, Inc.
, was incorporated in Kentucky in 1995 as a for-profit
corporation, and reinstated in 1998 as a for-profit corporation. Samuel Kern Alexander was the incorporator.
As of the 5/2007 annual report,
Samuel Kern Alexander III is listed as the President
Elizabeth Alexander is listed as the Vice President
Shenette Campbell is listed as the secretary.
There is also the Oxford Round Table of Godstow Hall, Inc.
, which was incorporated in Kentucky in 2001 as a non-profit
corporation. Same players. Previously called "Oxford Education Round Table of Godstow Hall and St. Anthony's, Inc.
S. Kern Alexander, F. King Alexander, Klinton W. Alexander, Elizabeth Alexander, and Wesley Kane Alexander were all associated with the for-profit Education Policy Research, Inc.
, incorporated in 1995 and lapsed in 2003.
And then there is Godstow Hall, LLC
, which is Samuel and Elizabeth Alexander's.
There was a Shenette Consulting & Associates, Inc.
, organized in 2001 and dissolved in 2003, which lists Shenette Campbell, her daughter, and a Roger McCandless as officers.
In 2004, Samuel Kern Alexander also incorporated the Journal of Education Finance
, but this lapsed.
There's also an Oxbridge LLC
associated with Samuel Kern Alexander.
And he has a couple of other associations on the side, probably unrelated to his educational endeavors.
This information is available via the Kentucky Sec'y. of State's Business Service Search Page
. Search on Oxford, Godstow, Shenette, etc., to bring up the information about these corporations.
The Oxford Round Table appears to be largely an Alexander family affair, with the ongoing involvement of Ms. Shenett(e) Campbell/McCandless/???. Indeed, S. Kern (Jr. and III), F. King, and Klint W. all appear to be involved with the organization. I don't know if SK Alexander III (listed on the Forum on Public Policy page) is different from the Kern Alexander listed on the same page, or if they are related. Likewise, I don't know if Dawn Alexander-Payne is related.
The existence of a for-profit and a not-for-profit, both active, with similar names, seems a little unusual if they are only conducting not-for-profit workshops. Since I don't know the first thing about incorporation, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume that when they advertise as a not-for-profit organization, all of the money from participants goes into the non-profit's funds, rather than being shifted around. And that maybe they intended to do some consulting on the side... Of course, it is the for-profit corporation that is listed as a plantiff in the lawsuit mentioned above. I don't know if, as managers, the Alexanders pay themselves or their associates management fees. It may be possible to obtain more detailed public financial records; I don't know.
As long as no tax rules are being broken, and no false representation is occurring, I don't see a real problem with this type of forum. If people are honored to go, institutions are willing to pay high fees to send people, and attendees are satisfied with the experience, and learn something and/or make some connections, it's not so different from many other small regional conferences. Not every conference has to feature stars to be worthwhile, though a little quality control (e.g. screening out felons) can certainly be valuable. That said, a greater degree of transparency, and in particular, clarification of the stake S. Kern Alexander and others hold in the organizations' operations and finances, would be a good thing.